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February 12, 1968

Psychoanalysis of Heart Attack

JAMA. 1968;203(7):529. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140070085037

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For many years, Dr. Daniel Schneider, a psychoanalyst of the freudian school, has been studying patients with various heart conditions, including coronary artery disease. He also has striven to keep abreast of research developments with respect to the mind-heart and heart-mind relationships. As a result he has evolved new theories about the manner in which a part of the mind functions as a monitor of the heart. These are set forth in this book, which is intended for the professional and lay reader.

To understand and fully appreciate Dr. Schneider's concepts, this book must be studied carefully. The basic premises are complex, but because of redundancy, of a wordiness that results in obscurity, and of the need for the reader to be acquainted with at least elemental psychoanalytic terminology and concepts, this is a book which the average reader—professional or lay —will not find easy to peruse and digest. This