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ILLNESS DUE TO HAVING BECOME CAUGHT IN A TRAP*

WALTER C. ALVAREZ, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(4):774-783. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-40-4-774
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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

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