GEORGE L. ENGEL, M.D.; EUGENE B. FERRIS, M.D., F.A.C.P.; MYRTLE LOGAN, M.D.
Hyperventilation is a common enough occurrence in clinical practice to justify further study of this phenomenon. Although the symptoms of hyperventilation are well known they are often overlooked because patients seldom complain of overbreathing, per se, and seldom exhibit tetany, the best known, but least common manifestation. Most often hyperventilation is psychogenic in origin. Thus, it may occur as a more or less non-specific reaction to the experience of terror, extreme anger, severe pain, or other intense emotions in essentially healthy individuals or it may be a symptom of neurosis. It occurs quite frequently during real anxiety and in the
ENGEL GL, FERRIS EB, LOGAN M. HYPERVENTILATION: ANALYSIS OF CLINICAL SYMPTOMATOLOGY(HYPERVENTILATION: ANALYSIS OF CLINICAL SYMPTOMATOLOGY*). Ann Intern Med. 1947;27:683–704. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-27-5-683
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1947;27(5):683-704.
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