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In this book the author has made careful and detailed psychoanalytic studies of a group of 24 selected cases of hyperthyroidism and in each instance he finds some psychic trauma responsible for the initiation of the disease. For example, each chapter contains the report of a case of hyperthyroidism, and the titles run as follows:
Chapter II. Basedow's Disease of Psychogenic Origin, Brought About by a Sudden Fright.
Chapter III. Basedow's Disease Aroused by an Inferiority Complex and by Exaggerated Ambitions and Libido.
Chapter IV. Psychogenic Basedow's Provoked by an Insolvable Family Situation.
Chapter V. Basedow's Provoked by Unmanageable Pruritus.
Chapter VI. Basedow's Orginated by a Sentimental Drama.
Chapter VII. Basedow's Disease Brought About by Antivenereal Phobia.
Chaper VIII. Basedow's Disease Brought About by the Death of a Relative and a Situation of Desperation.
Chapter IX. Basedow's Brought About by the Prolonged Sickness of the Husband.
After analyzing these and
El factor emocional en la etiopatogenia de la enfermedad de Basedow. El mecanismo causal analizado en 24 casos: Conclusiones, patogenicas, terapeuticas, pronosticas y profilacticas. JAMA. 1942;118(1):91. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830010093031