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February 10, 1951

Emotions and Clinical Medicine

JAMA. 1951;145(6):446. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920240082040

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This book brings together present knowledge on the emotions as seen by a psychiatrist engaged in clinical research and teaching. It is based in considerable part on comment concerning experimental studies of the physiological and observed emotional responses of laboratory animals. The anatomy of the brain and functions of the hypothalamus are scrutinized in detail with relation to the effects of reactions such as anger, fear, placidity, affection and sexuality in surgically altered laboratory animals. Clinical applications of the observations mentioned are discussed in relation to psychosomatic problems. An excellent introduction discusses semantics and definitions of the word emotion in an attempt to eliminate ambiguous meanings and clarify intercommunication among psychiatrists regarding concepts of emotion. Two excellent chapters are Anorexia Nervosa as a Psychosomatic Problem and Emotions and Social Psychiatry. Short illustrative case reports are supplied. This book deals with subjects which are referred to by the author in his

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