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February 1951

The Nose: An Experimental Study of Reactions Within the Nose in Human Subjects During Varying Life Experiences.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;87(2):325. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810020147018

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This small book briefly describes the reactions of the nasal mucosa, especially of the turbinate bodies, to psychic disturbances. The reactions were found to be similar in general nature to responses in the gastric mucosa. These studies are examples of the somatic reactions to psychic stimuli which have interested the authors. Although many of the reactions are probably known to most readers, this monograph correlates them.

There are several aspects of the book which are not clearly presented. For example, the authors state on page 1 that the nasal structures supply 2 quarts (1.9 L.) of water. This should be clarified, since insensible water loss does not exceed 1,000 Gm. daily. On page 32 it is stated that chilling of the body can occur without "physical contact." Such minor erroneous statements are of little importance, however. This monograph should interest many in the fields of psychiatry and psychology.

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