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November 10, 1951


Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis.

From the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1951;147(11):1030-1032. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670280032009

In the past decade or so, as a result of a somewhat revolutionary coordination of medical and psychiatric investigation, a vastly improved understanding of the relationship between the emotional reactions and physiological functions of the body has been achieved. It is now generally accepted that disturbances in the emotional life of an individual may be frequent and important factors in the development and progress of bodily disease, manifested not only in physiological, but also in structural, alterations. Comprehensive studies of such diseases have made available to the clinician simpler, more realistic, and successful means of dealing with them diagnostically and therapeutically. A growing recognition of the widespread prevalence of emotionally conditioned illnesses and a realization of the devastating effects of psychosomatic invalidism have made it clear to every physician that the emotional causes for disease must be given the same conscientious consideration as other etiological agents.

The diagnosis of emotionally

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