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June 1957

Personality, Stress and Tuberculosis

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;77(6):663. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330360121018

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Through the ages poets and authors have written about the psychological processes in tuberculous patients. Tremendous interest is evidenced in operas and dramas as well. But the psychological aspects of tuberculosis have only lately been carefully studied.

At the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis several symposiums were held concerning this problem, at which various authorities in the field of tuberculosis, stress, psychology, and psychiatry presented their conclusions. Dr. Sparer has collected these addresses and published them in book form, making them easily accessible to persons concerned in this field. Each contribution is excellent and is worthy of study, not only for a better understanding of tuberculosis but for information regarding stress effects in general. There is an adequate index, and each chapter has its comprehensive bibliography.