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October 1951

Emotional Factors in Cardiovascular Disease.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1951;88(4):549. doi:10.1001/archinte.1951.03810100133018

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This is a small handbook which is well written and full of common sense. It is the kind of book that patients who are worried over their cardiovascular systems can read with benefit; physicians, too, can be guided by its philosophy. It emphasizes what doctors have known for centuries and too often tend to forget. Dr. Thomas Percival, in 1803, reminded us that "the feelings and emotions of the patient, under critical circumstances, require to be known and to be attended to, no less than the symptoms of their diseases. Even the prejudices of the sick are not to be condemned or opposed with harshness. For though silenced by authority, they will operate secretly and forcibly on the mind, creating fear, anxiety and watchfulness."

This booklet preaches from such a text.

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