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August 8, 1959

PSYCHOSOMATIC PROBLEMS IN A RAPIDLY GROWING SUBURB

Author Affiliations

Englewood, N. J.

From Columbia University, New York, and the Mental Health Research Unit, Englewood Hospital.

JAMA. 1959;170(15):1757-1764. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010150001001
Abstract

Certain diseases were compared as to their incidence among patients admitted to general hospitals in three communities which differed markedly as to their rate of growth in recent years and as to the mobility of their inhabitants. Bronchopneumonia, representing disorders not psychosomatic in origin, was compared with duodenal ulcer and cardiovascular disease, representing tension disorders, and with asthma, considered as a parasympathetic psychosomatic disorder. In addition it was possible to compare figures obtained in 1958 with figures obtained in 1950. Asthma was more prevalent in the community with the highest percentage of older people. The tension disorders were most prevalent in the most rapidly growing suburban community. This finding agreed with results of previous studies of the distribution of emotional disorders among different groups within the communities.

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