July 1957

Personality, Stress and Tuberculosis.

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Edited by Phineas J. Sparer, M.D. Price, $12.50. Pp. 629, with 34 illustrations. International Universities Press, Inc., 227 W. 13th St., New York 11, 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(1):175-176. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260070189031

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This volume contains a series of lectures presented at the Memphis Veterans' Administration Hospital in 1955 and 1956 by a number of prominent physicians and clinical psychologists. The lecture series, in the words of the editor, "constituted a coordinated teaching venture on the interrelationships of the medical and psychological sciences pertaining to tuberculosis."

Following the editor's introduction and three separate and thoughtful forwards, the thirty-three chapters are presented in four parts. The first, entitled "Basic Considerations," deals with endocrine and psychosomatic aspects of disease, in particular of tuberculosis. Parts two and three deal with clinical applications of psychological research and psychotherapy as applied to tuberculosis patients in general and to some of the special problems met with in their management, especially the one of irregular discharge. Fortunately, the patient's physician, and all hospital staff members, come in for considerable attention in several of the chapters. While hesitant to single out

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