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September 24, 1927

NATURE AND TREATMENT OF PSYCHIC AND EMOTIONAL FACTORS IN DISEASE

Author Affiliations

Professor of Clinical Neurology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons NEW YORK

JAMA. 1927;89(13):1014-1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690130002002
Abstract

In the practice of medicine and the management of the various complex situations which arise, all will agree that the psychologic aspects of each case should receive serious consideration. Not only are psychic factors important from the standpoint of etiology and diagnosis, but also they are often of the greatest value in determining treatment. Many disorders which affect human beings are purely psychogenic and respond only to psychologic treatment, while in many others emotional and psychic influences play an important rôle. Furthermore, it is the mind which bears the burden of every illness and directs the adjustment of the individual to pain, deformity and invalidism in all its various forms, so that any clinical method which ignores this master function of the body is gravely defective and may lead to serious error in interpretation and treatment.

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