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October 1961


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Rochester, N.Y.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;102(4):660-661. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.02080010662004

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To the Editor.—I should like to compliment the American Journal of Diseases of Children on the splendid reviews of the literature in special fields of pediatrics now being published under the direction of Dr. Henry K. Silver. This letter is written with reference to the excellent discussion of Dr. S. S. Kripke (Amer. J. Dis. Child. 100:935 [Dec.] 1960) of the psychological aspects of bronchial asthma. I should like to call attention to his reference to the paper by Long and associates (Amer. J. Psychiat. 114:890, 1958) in which Dr. Kripke reasonably summarized one portion of their report as follows: "... Long showed that hospitalized patients did not develop asthmatic symptoms when exposed to autogenous dust which presumably had caused severe intractable asthma prior to hospitalization." This statement cannot fail to give the impression that house dust alone will not cause asthma, but that there is also a necessary psychosomatic

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