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October 3, 1977

Love and Hate on the Tennis Court: How Hidden Emotions Affect Your Game

JAMA. 1977;238(14):1570. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280150140058

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"Lincoln's Doctor's Dog" used to be the all-inclusive book title guaranteed to catch everyone's interest. In the late 1970s, physical fitness, emotional understanding, and self-improvement seem to be the keys to best-sellers. In "Love and Hate on the Tennis Court: How Hidden Emotions Affect Your Game," we have a neat package of all three themes. Next to jogging, tennis is surely the favorite sport of the intellectual-turned-physical-fitness buffs who constitute the book-buying public. Understand your emotions, improve your game: how can such a book be anything but an instant winner?

It could be shorter, less repetitive, and less expensive. The case histories are instantly recognizable; the conclusions drawn therefrom are predictable but pleasantly phrased; the self-improvement pointers (headed, at the end of each chapter, "Ways to Net Profit") abound with common sense. The aggregate, however, is not enough for a book. As an article in a glossy magazine, illustrated by