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January 1940


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From the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. This article is based on a paper read at the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the clinic.

Arch NeurPsych. 1940;43(1):102-110. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1940.02280010110008

Acute attacks of anxiety were the outstanding feature of the 48 cases on which this study is based. The conditions in these cases were diagnosed variously as "anxiety neurosis," "anxiety state" and "anxiety-tension state." It is believed that a presentation of the experience and point of view of one particular clinic may be of interest to those dealing with anxiety problems. References to the literature are omitted for the sake of brevity.

MATERIAL  The 48 cases on which this study is based were selected at random as typical examples of anxiety attacks seen in this clinic. They were not selected as textbook or paradigm cases, and it is agreed by members of the staff that they fairly represent the clinical material. This paper does not treat of the commonly recognized anxieties of everyday life and of those psychiatric states, such as depressions, in which the anxiety aspect is not the

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