June 1955

Psychological Factors in the Care of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis for Use of Physicians.

Author Affiliations

By M. R. Harrower, Ph.D., and Rosalind Herrmann, B.A. Price, Free. Pp. 32, with 5 illustrations. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 270 Park Ave., New York, 1953.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;95(6):874. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250120110017

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This booklet deals with important psychological "do's" and "don't's" in caring for patients with multiple sclerosis. The physician, for instance, should help the patient discover actual satisfaction in coping with his liabilities and understand that the greater his emotional maturity, the less his disability. The "don't" most emphasized is for the physician not to allow his own disappointment or pessimism to be transferred to the patient but rather to look hopefully with the patients for remissions, which often occur and sometimes persist.

Dr. Harrower summarizes recent psychiatric and psychological studies on the personality of patients with multiple sclerosis, adding observations of her own from test results on a group of 140 patients. Tests show certain trends in disease, with reversal in remission. There seems to be impairment of intellectual and emotional functions paralleling the progression of neurological lesions. The use of psychological tests in diagnosis, counseling, and therapy is interestingly

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