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October 16, 2002

Anxiety: Textbook of Anxiety Disorders

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2002;288(15):1915. doi:10.1001/jama.288.15.1915

In this textbook's opening chapter on the "History of Anxiety Disorders," Michael H. Stone notes that the complex origins of the word "anxiety" combine a number of etymological strands and connotations, including the Latin anxietas, a lasting state of fearfulness, and the French angoisse, a more acute paniclike state. Stone also describes historical conflicts between theories that anxiety disorders were mainly psychological versus biological in origin, beliefs that initially were based on presuppositions and unsystematic observations without much empirical evidence to support them. These themes, namely, attempts to distinguish anxiety disorders based on differing forms and contexts for the experience and the expression of anxiety, and evidence for biological and psychosocial aspects of etiology and treatment, recur throughout this ambitious multiauthor textbook.