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May 9, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(19):1641. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720450083024

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To the Editor:  —Recently our resident psychiatrist at St. Francis Hospital, Dr. A. Iberler, referring to a couple of women who had had an interview with him regarding their sister, a patient in the hospital, expressed the opinion that their concern and repeated questions, examinations and reexaminations of us as well as of the nurses and Sisters constituted a pathologic solicitude. The term at once impressed me as exceedingly apt. I propose to use it in future, and I am passing it on to readers of The Journal, thinking many of them may feel as I do that it is a worth-while, useful and expressive term.Physicians are pestered by unreasonable, impossible and repeated queries from anxious friends to say nothing of those received from the patient himself. But I am inclined to believe that the psychiatrist probably has in this matter a larger burden to carry than physicians practicing

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