On the basis of clinical observations, psychic disturbances have been recognized as an etiological factor in some cases of menstrual dysfunction and female sterility, apparently acting through mediation of the endocrine system.1 The lack of objective studies has led some to consider the need for more definite proof, especially in infertility cases.2 Pseudocyesis, a condition in which a woman firmly believes herself to be pregnant and in which develop many of the symptoms and signs of pregnancy, however, lends itself well to an evaluation of the relation of the psyche to the female sex-endocrine mechanism. Although 465 case reports of pseudocyesis may be found in the literature, they have been recorded chiefly as medical curiosities, with but few observations or studies that might shed light on the modus operandi of this interesting psychosomatic disturbance.3 The present report is an evaluation of the data obtained by gynecologic, endocrinologic
Fried PH, Rakoff AE, Schopbach RR, Kaplan AJ. PSEUDOCYESIS: A PSYCHOSOMATIC STUDY IN GYNECOLOGY. JAMA. 1951;145(17):1329–1335. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920350023005
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