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Article
June 1948

PSYCHOSOMATIC COMPONENTS OF DISEASE IN OTOLARYNGOLOGY

Arch Otolaryngol. 1948;47(6):789-801. doi:10.1001/archotol.1948.00690030816007
Abstract

ARMY LIFE has given physicians an opportunity to treat patients under unusual circumstances. Separation from home, regimentation, exhaustion and modern total global combat were some factors. These when combined with the background of a prevalent pacifistic attitude, which resulted from the disappointments of World War I, have produced stressful psychologic situations unequaled in previous struggles. As a flight surgeon, I was afforded opportunities to observe an Army group which experienced all these disturbances and, in addition, incurred the stress of flying. These stresses contributed to the formation of many complaints which originated on a psychic basis. The frequency with which symptoms referable to the ear, nose and throat were associated with such psychosomatic phenomena was related to the fact that these symptoms often occurred as a technic of avoiding the dangers attendant on flying. If treatment was given with understanding, it was usually successful, and the men continued with their

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