JOHN FAVILL, A.B., M.D., F.A.C.P.
This paper is a neurologic plea to internists to make, as a routine proceedure in all medical histories except those of acute infections, some definite inquiry about possible disturbing emotional factors. By the latter I of course do not mean so-called unconscious matters which belong to the orthodox psychoanalyst. Neither do I suggest any intensive "third degree" probing by a junior intern who takes histories. But I am certain that many cases could be saved much delay and expense were the opportunity offered them early to state the existence of painful memories, present dilemmas or fears regarding the future.
FAVILL J. The Need for Emotional Data in the Medical History1. Ann Intern Med. 1929;3:462–466. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-3-5-462
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1929;3(5):462-466.
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