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October 31, 1953

Stress and Disease

JAMA. 1953;153(9):891. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940260115035

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Many years ago there was a popular ditty that began like this: "Every little movement has a meaning all its own; every thought and feeling by some action may be shown." This common sense idea has been known to every good physician since the days of Hippocrates. Unfortunately it has recently been rediscovered and exploited by some medical showmen under the name of psychosomatic medicine, but the author of this book does not commit this error. This monograph attempts to portray the role played by the environment in modifying a wide variety of diseases. It also relates these modifications to the person's life history, particularly to those situations which have been, consciously or unconsciously, stress producing. It is, in effect, a compilation of some aspects of psychosomatic medicine although the author avoids the use of this term.

Most of the experimental work cited has been done by the author and

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