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Medical men have always recognized and been curious about the fact that mental states do influence bodily processes and are influenced by them in turn. This curiosity regarding the influence of "mind over body" has only recently taken the form of serious scientific research. The phrase "psychosomatic medicine" has been coined to express this new interest. Psychiatrists have long taught us that it is futile to think of diseases as being caused either by organic or psychogenic factors. The organism as a whole (mind and body) is involved in every pathologic process, whether attention is focused on etiology, course or
Emotions and Bodily Changes: A Survey of Literature on Psychosomatic Interrelationships, 1910-1933.. Ann Intern Med. ;16:180. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-16-1-180_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1942;16(1):180.
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