This paper is the third in a series of studies made on 300 women patients with psychoses.1 As the data accumulated I was confronted with the problem of a search for causes to explain the results of normal or increased gastro-intestinal function found in many of the depressed patients. The first step led to a study of the types of human emotions; the second, to a consideration of the rôle of the vegetative or involuntary nervous system, which is intimately bound up with the endocrine glands to form the vegetative system; the third, to a brief sketch of the newer ideas in regards to the mechanism of digestive function. Finally, an attempt was made to secure as simple and sound a theoretical basis for the work as possible and to formulate in the conclusions principles that would serve to explain the results obtained. These conclusions will be found to agree
LUEDERS CW. GASTRO-INTESTINAL REACTION TO THE EMOTIONS: THE RÔLE OF THE VEGETATIVE SYSTEM. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1928;42(2):282–296. doi:10.1001/archinte.1928.00130200134009
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