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May 5, 1956

The Psychosomatic Genesis of Coronary Artery Disease

JAMA. 1956;161(1):116. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970010118048

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The author propounds the thesis that insecurity in the individual is an important factor in the development of coronary artery disease. The approach is not particularly scientific. Much space is taken up with historical and biblical references. As a matter of fact, the medical history of coronary artery disease is the best part of the book. There are no controlled studies using standard psychometric methods. Although at one time some psychiatrists thought that a certain type of personality might characterize a person with coronary artery disease, such views are no longer generally held. The author has not contributed any real scientific information to this subject by taking the stand that the insecure person is the one who gets coronary artery disease and that other possible factors are of secondary importance. This book is interesting reading but should not be considered as a scientific reference book on the subject of coronary

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