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May 1981


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, Mass.

Arch Intern Med. 1981;141(6):723-726. doi:10.1001/archinte.1981.00340060031009

• We emphasize the importance and difficulty of evaluating hypochondriasis, as distinct from certain other functional somatic complaints, in medical practice. A definition for hypochondriasis is proposed. We outline five troublesome medical responses to hypochondriacal patients, followed by suggestions for management.

(Arch Intern Med 1981;141:723-726)