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March 16, 1946

Personality in Arterial Hypertension

JAMA. 1946;130(11):751. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870110075032

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This monograph is a contribution to the field of psychosomatic medicine with 24 case histories and tables. The evidence, which is detailed, establishes conclusively the importance of psychologic causes for hypertension and explains many of the cases that would have been called in an earlier period essential hypertension. One of the patients in the series was investigated by psychoanalytic technics. The authors do not conclude that the disorder of personality is the cause of the hypertension; they conceive rather that the psychologic disorder and the physiologic disorder may represent reflections of a basic failure fore-shadowed early in life.

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