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April 1959

Psychological Stress: Psychoanalytic and Behavioral Studies of Surgical Patients.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(4):523-524. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340160121019

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Abstract

This impressive book deals with a relatively neglected subject which is of importance from the point of view both of its theoretical significance for the behavioral sciences and of its practical implications for alleviating the emotional suffering attendant upon physical suffering. While the book reports the results of research on the psychological reactions of surgical patients, the author approaches his subject matter with some years of experience in disaster research and laboratory studies of stress behind him, and places the subject sturdily within a general theoretical perspective of stress as a universal human experience. The author's propositions, thus, are couched in abstract terms applicable: to generalization to other stress situations. Although specific descriptive material, and practical suggestions for preparing surgical patients, are included in the text, the author clearly is most concerned with making a contribution to a general theory of stress behavior.

In addition to the ambitiousness of the

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