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November 1967

Psychosomatic Aspects of Meniere's Disease

Author Affiliations

St. Cloud, Minn
From the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Hospital, Minn (Drs. Watson and Klett), Mental Health Associates, Madison, Wis (Dr. Barnes), and the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Washington, Seattle (Dr. Donaldson).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1967;86(5):543-549. doi:10.1001/archotol.1967.00760050545013
Abstract

MANY WRITERS1-4 have noted evidence of psychological maladjustment in patients with Meniere's disease and suggested that the disorder is a psychosomatic one. However, studies (and especially conclusive ones) on the etiological importance of psychological factors in Meniere's disease have been sparse. Most papers in this area simply report the subjective clinical impressions of the writers, while controlled investigations of the hypothesis have been quite rare. Furthermore, the issue is clouded by the fact that the discomfort associated with Meniere's disease may result in a variety of deviant behavior, eg, hostility, querulousness, which might better be described as somatopsychic rather than psychosomatic.

Early work in this field was done by Mohr,5 who reported successfully treating several cases of Meniere's disease by use of psychotherapeutic techniques. Similar success with psychoanalysis was reported by Schneer6 who attributed the somatic difficulties encountered by his two patients to their presumed exposure to

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