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September 1947

THE EXPERIENCE OF DIZZINESS: Psychosomatic Observations on Some Vestibular Types

Author Affiliations

From the Neuropsychiatric Service of the Kern General Hospital (Dr. N. Rilcoff, director).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1947;46(3):269-281. doi:10.1001/archotol.1947.00690020280001

Plato was right to say that good doctors themselves ought to have had the disease they want to cure and being subject themselves to the misfortunes and circumstances which they wish to diagnose. Let them catch the pox if they want to know how to cure it. I would trust such a doctor.—Montaigne.

PSYCHOSOMATICS IN OTOLOGY  EVERY physician and psychiatrist working in a general hospital is faced daily with the universal symptom of dizziness. Although other symptoms, like pain and anxiety, have been much investigated in their inner aspects, there exists much less interest in the experience of dizziness. The literature and the discussions among physicians hardly consider the possibility of its being closely related to fear and to physical and emotional insecurity. A recent symposium on this subject in Chicago had no neuropsychiatrist as participant.In the following notes an attempt will be made to give to otologists the