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Article
November 1958

Psychosomatic Ophthalmology.

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1958;60(5):977-978. doi:10.1001/archopht.1958.00940080997026

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Abstract

"The doctor who neglects the role of emotions robs himself and his patients of tools for diagnosis and therapy.... With the problems of infection almost eliminated, disease processes are becoming mainly those of stress and degeneration.... We stand on the brink of a new epoch in which, by focusing the spot-light on the role of emotional factors, our knowledge of etiology is broadened. Such an increase in knowledge is the aim of the psychosomatic movement, and it is to that end that this book is dedicated." These excerpts from the author's preface give a fair statement of his purpose and his successful accomplishment in this book.

Part I concerns general psychosomatic and psychiatric conditions which influence the eye. The Freudian explanations of the "symbolic equivalence of eyes and genitals" with interesting examples in mythology seem a bit tenuous to the nonpsychiatrist reviewer, especially when direct etiological significance is implied between

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