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May 23, 1959

Don't Worry About Your Heart

JAMA. 1959;170(4):503. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010040099027

Within the past few years numerous books have been written for laymen who suffer from heart attacks or who have relatives with heart diseases. Some of these have been factual without being interesting, some have been alarming, and some have been written from a biased or faddist viewpoint. A few have been informative, reassuring, and written in such a manner as to be readable and helpful for the patient. This author has approached the problem largely from the viewpoint of the patient and his fears and anxieties. His notable experience in the field of psychosomatic medicine is clear in his presentation. After the introductory chapters succeeding sections of the book cover anxiety and the normal heart, high blood pressure and its management, and anxiety and the diseased heart. The last section includes chapters on coronary heart disease; work, worry, and heart disease; sexual problems and heart disease; the "anniversary" reaction;

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