LEONARD MAHOLICK, M.D.; R. BRUCE LOGUE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Not long ago Oille1 said, "Almost 60 per cent of the patients who consult a cardiac specialist are suffering either from an exaggerated or wholly unnecessary anxiety about their hearts, arising from suggestion and not based on reason." Nellis2 stated that no layman he had ever questioned had noticed a relationship between emotional stress and heart action; even medical students failed to appreciate it. Yet this relationship is so familiar to physicians that they forget its clinical implications. These statements immediately make it clear that a doctor often has to look beyond the cardiovascular system into the psyche in order
MAHOLICK L, LOGUE RB. PSYCHOSOMATIC ASPECTS OF HEART DISEASE: ANXIETY HYSTERIA IN A PATIENT WITH PATENT DUCTUS ARTERIOSUS1. Ann Intern Med. ;30:1043–1049. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-30-5-1043
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1949;30(5):1043-1049.
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