IAN STEVENSON, M.D.
Single physical symptoms often persist after a general reaction to stress and after the other symptoms of the general reaction have subsided. Factors that influence the site of such persisting symptoms are  accidents affecting a particular part of the body;  a state of emotional arousal in which a particular action (which persists later) occurs;  identification of the patient with another person having a similar symptom or the same organ affected;  suggestion about a particular organ or symptoms from other persons; and  interference of the symptom with the patient's vocation (or claims to compensation) leading to continuing attention to it. Factors influencing the persistence and location of one symptom after a general reaction to stress form only one group of the relevant causal factors in these disorders.
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STEVENSON I. Single Physical Symptoms as Residues of an Earlier Response to Stress. Ann Intern Med. 1969;70:1231–1237. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-6-1231
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(6):1231-1237.
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