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July 1941


Author Affiliations

From the Psychiatric Clinic for Children of the University Hospitals and the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;62(1):80-91. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000130091006

Of recent date a great impetus is to be noted in the interest and attention devoted to the consideration of psychologic factors as related to disease and disease processes. One clinical condition which has received increased consideration from the psychogenic and the emotional point of view is bronchial asthma. McDermott and Cobb1 reported the results of a psychiatric investigation carried out on 50 unselected patients with bronchial asthma in the allergy clinic of the Massachusetts General Hospital. They reported that the asthmatic condition of 37 of the 50 patients seemed to have emotional components. Careful inquiry into the previous history correlated the first asthmatic attack of 20 patients with some strongly emotional episode. The authors also found that subsequent attacks of asthma of 31 patients were precipitated by emotional upheavals.

Eyerman2 expressed the opinion that "the time has come to study the emotional component of those with allergic