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June 11, 1960


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240 S. La Cienega Blvd. Beverly Hills, Calif.

JAMA. 1960;173(6):711-712. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020240099028

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To the Editor:—  It is curious that belief in the somatic cause of allergic disease, authenticated by carefully controlled studies through several decades, must be defended against the largely unsupported idea that its causes are mainly psychiatric. The article entitled "Psychotherapy" by Kenneth E. Appel, in The Journal, March 26, page 1343, is not only characteristic of this paradox but suggests that papers which consider psychiatric subjects need be far less critically constructed than those dealing with organic disease. I refer especially to Dr. Appel's illustrative case of eczema and asthma. Not only must one assume that the diagnosis is correct, but the results are dismissed with the following statement. "She got well, and I think I had something to do with her recovery." I doubt whether any specialist other than a psychiatrist could be so blandly assumptive and escape the smirks of his colleagues.I have yet to find

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