WALTER C. ALVAREZ, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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In technical speech, this paper might be entitled "Situational Neuroses," but I fear that this term would mean little to most physicians, untrained as they are in psychiatry. I much prefer to express the idea of the patient's being caught in a trap; this means something definite that everyone can understand.
Some may ask, But why didn't you put this article in a psychiatric journal? And the answer is, I very much want non-psychiatrists to make the acquaintance of this fairly common but as yet seldom recognized disease. That information about it is needed can be seen from the fact
ALVAREZ WC. ILLNESS DUE TO HAVING BECOME CAUGHT IN A TRAP(ILLNESS DUE TO HAVING BECOME CAUGHT IN A TRAP*). Ann Intern Med. 1954;40:774–783. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-4-774
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(4):774-783.
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