March 1968

Allergy and Human Emotions.

Author Affiliations

San Francisco


By John P. McGovern, MD, and James A. Knight, MD. Price, $7.75. Pp 166. Charles C Thomas, Publishers, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(3):305-306. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640030097031

It has taken some time for psychologists to realize that although mental attitudes play a part in all illnesses to some degree, they do not and cannot be appraised as being the total or perhaps even the major cause of most. When Freud proclaimed his challenging and explosive theories of treatment by "free association" and described the phenomena of "resistance" and "transference," many of his students were led to believe that diseases which did not respond to conventional medical treatment might well be due to behavior determinants which were obscure and perhaps buried in the subconscious. It was assumed that these mental attitudes could result in diverse and sundry symptoms and signs of disease. The psychiatrist accepts the fact that neurotic behavior can usually be explained by a series of frustrations from many different outward and inner experiences. However, he has been reluctant to delineate any organic disease, including the

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