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March 20, 1978

Stress and the Heart: Interactions of the Cardiovascular System, Behavioral State, and Psychotropic Drugs

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester School of Medicine Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1978;239(12):1217-1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280390113039

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This multiauthored book, an outgrowth of two international symposiums on biological psychiatry, presents clinical and experimental studies that deal with circulatory disorders and psychiatric illness. The authors are largely pharmacologists, psychiatrists, and pathologists, with only one cardiologist. The book is divided into four main sections, namely, coronary disease and anxiety, psychotropic drugs and the heart, stress factors in hypertension, and psychopharmacological aspects of the cerebral circulation. There is also an introduction by Hans Selye and a concluding article on the sociological aspects of the problem. The topics are diverse, and widely disparate areas such as emotional stress in the etiology of coronary heart disease and ECG changes with psychotropic drugs are included. The chapters on organic brain syndromes and circulatory disorders in old age and the effects of psychotropic drugs on the EEG in cerebral arteriosclerosis do not relate to the title of the book.

The individual chapters are well