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January 14, 1950

You and Your Fears

JAMA. 1950;142(2):141. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910200069034

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Abstract

In this volume Dr. Steincrohn, who has written seven other books for the laity, discusses fear and its effects on health. The author writes as an internist and not as one trained in psychiatry, and therefore he makes no pretense at considering the deeper psychopathology of the conditions under discussion. His thesis is based on his belief "that it is time the emotional problems of human beings were set down as viewed by the internist and general practitioner. For it is by such physicians that these patients are first seen. In fact, hundreds of thousands never get to the psychiatrist at all" (page 22).

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