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February 1966

Recent Advances in Biological Psychiatry.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(2):308-310. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870080152028

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Recent Advances in Biological Psychiatry. Vol 7. Edited by Joseph Wortis, MD. Price, $13.50. Pp 297. Plenum Press, 227 W 17 St, New York, NY 10011, 1965.

There is no doubt that exogenous agents affect the psyche and behavioral states. Obvious examples would be tranquilizers, antidepressants, or psychodelic agents. There is no doubt of the reverse—that an accentuation of emotions gives evidence of physical manifestations, as rage, for example, increasing the level of epinephrine. In other words, while chemical and electrical stimuli produce changes in the nervous system the opposite can also occur as well. By the latter example I am referring to emotions causing an output or elaboration of a substance normally present in the body. By extrapolation this may be tantamount to emotions producing molecular changes, and evidence may be forthcoming that pervading states, such as boredom, may create somatic changes. There is a third condition in which

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