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June 5, 1943

The Sexual Cycle in Women: The Relation Between Ovarian Function and Psychodynamic Processes

JAMA. 1943;122(6):407. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840230059028

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Observations in psychosomatic medicine formerly consisted of case reports in which an effort was made to show a relationship between symptom formation and life situation. In recent years the attempt has been made to investigate the possibility of a specific relationship between the illness and the personality of the patient. In this category are studies which attempt to define the psychologic characteristics of patients who are apt to fall ill with such medical disorders as asthma, peptic ulcer and hypertension.

The present monograph is one of a series designed to meet the needs in this field of publication for experimental data resulting from longer studies than can be published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine. A research project of the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, the investigation represents a new and important departure in psychosomatic medicine. It combines histologic and psychologic methods in an effort to see whether a correlation exists

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