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June 6, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(23):1892-1897. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310490020002c

The relations existing between mind and body, the dependence of the integrity of the function of one on that of the other and vice versa, have long been recognized and would seem to be expressed in a general way in the old Latin motto, "Sit mens sana in corpore sano." Nevertheless, the fact of this interdependence did not meet with a due appreciation among the physicians for quite a long time. Too much weight was given to the direct chemical action of medicines and it was a long time before the conviction gained ground that in many cures which were attributed to the influence of drugs psychic moments played a much more important, if not exclusive, therapeutic part. Such psychic moments were: Influence on the mood, removal of harmful psychic factors, the authority and other personal qualities of the physicians, and the like.

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