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April 1936

Emotions and Bodily Changes, A Survey of Literature on Psychosomatic Interrelationships, 1910-1933

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1936;33(4):776. doi:10.1001/archderm.1936.01470100173025

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In this work Dunbar has undertaken primarily the essential task of summarizing the present knowledge of the effects of the emotions on bodily changes, and more than 400 pages is given to this summary, beginning with a chapter on the nervous system and ending with one on the osseous system. In this summary is included a review of the authentic recorded knowledge on the subject of the influence of the nervous system on the body. There is an extremely useful chapter on the effects of nervous factors on diseases of the skin. Preceding this elaborate summary there is, in part one, of 110 pages, a general consideration of the subject of psychosomatic changes, under the title of "Orientation and Methodology." It is difficult reading, but the material is worth while in giving an orientation of this important field. Part three is a short chapter of less than 20 pages,

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