Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephenLurieMD PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Glaser and colleagues1 make several interesting and controversial points
in their article on stress and infectious disease.
First, they suggest that a relationship between stress and infectious
disease is implied by studies showing that stress causes immunosuppression;
however, these studies, and those investigating vaccine responses, focus on
a surrogate outcome—"immune response"—rather than infectious disease.
Petticrew M, Hunter D. Stress-Induced Immunomodulation. JAMA. 1999;282(23):2209-2210. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-23-jbk1215