MAXWELL GITELSON, M.D.
Anxiety reactions to organic disease follow the same principles as those which govern the generation of anxiety in general. In a given situation which constitutes a threat to the interests of an organism there occurs a somatic mobilization which is reactive to the danger and preparatory for coping with it. The most easily perceived effects of this are referable to the heart and the respiratory organs. Motor innervations also take part in this reaction. In the human being awareness of these events constitutes the actual unpleasant sensation of anxiety.
The mobilization of
GITELSON M. THE RÔLE OF ANXIETY IN SOMATIC DISEASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;28:289–297. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-28-2-289
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;28(2):289-297.
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