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October 1955

Psychosomatic Aspects of the Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome

Author Affiliations

West Palm Beach, Fla.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;62(4):370-379. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.03830040024004

Through the work of Costen and others the concept of a temporomandibular joint syndrome has become well known and widely accepted. This concept is now an integral part of the working knowledge of the clinician. Considerable literature from medical and dental sources has accumulated. However, there have been few references indicating a psychosomatic relation to the syndrome. This is interesting, since in personal experience as well as in the experience of colleagues with whom the matter has been discussed it appears that many cases of temporomandibular joint disturbance have a definite psychosomatic aspect. A discussion of the psychosomatic relation to the temporomandibular joint syndrome is the basis of this report.

HISTORICAL REVIEW  In 1920 W. H. Wright33 reported a case in which deafness was relieved after correction of malposition of the mandibular joint. G. H. Wright32 in 1925 discussed the importance of malposition of the mandibular joint and

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