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July 1968

Psychoanalysis of Heart Attack.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(1):94. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300060096045

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Freudian psychoanalyst Schneider tells of the discovery "that there is apparently a system of consciousness —a protective barrier—which, among other things, stands guard over the heart and warns us of danger to it." He feels a heart attack is the end result of specific crippling of this protective function, an event which occurs early in life. These people are exposed to constant, repeated stress on the heart—which others whose conscious barrier is intact are spared. And he takes 232 pages to expand this thesis; there are 28 references of which nine are his own.

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