ARTHUR ECKER, M.D.
Preceding a cerebral stroke the patient has often suffered long-standing progressive difficulty in settling emotional problems. Immediately before the stroke he may have faced an overwhelming personal threat. Such life situations, in which the stroke occurs, have usually been overlooked, perhaps because the physician has been absorbed in the physical features of the case. Except for the occasional reference to anger immediately preceding apoplexy, medical literature has generally been silent about the association of stroke and previous emotion. Nevertheless, the pertinent facts can usually be brought out by the physician who inquires into the social and personal history.
ECKER A. EMOTIONAL STRESS BEFORE STROKES: A PRELIMINARY REPORT OF 20 CASES1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:49–56. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-1-49
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(1):49-56.
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