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September 7, 1929

Progressive Relaxation: A Physiological and Clinical Investigation of Muscular States and Their Significance in Psychology and Medical Practice.

JAMA. 1929;93(10):793. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710100055041

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This is a summary of many years' work and thought by the author concerning functional disturbances of the neuromuscular system which play so large a part in the symptomatology of the neuroses. The book is largely concerned with neuromuscular hypertension, a term used to describe the muscular tenseness and hyperactive state of the so-called functional case. The author has amassed a wealth of facts from the literature on the subject of muscle tone, its mechanism of production and its disturbances. With an adequate index and complete bibliography, this alone makes the work invaluable. His own work is original, consisting of many careful experimental observations, but clinical studies on normal and abnormal individuals have also been carried out. A method of inducing partial and complete relaxation has been perfected for practical use. Many interesting case studies on various types of abnormal tenseness, including the spastic colon and the esophageal globus, are

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