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A Report of Multiple Periodic Anniversary Reactions in One Individual

Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(3):530-533. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-58-3-530
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Despite the widespread interest in bodily disorders occurring repeatedly on the anniversary of emotionally distressing events, there have been comparatively few reports of the anniversary reaction in the literature since its original description by Hilgard in 1953 (1). The present case report concerns one patient with 3 anniversary reactions each recurring periodically. The reactions involved the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, and the integument.

CASE REPORT: A 72-year-old woman came to the Oklahoma University Medical Center in March, 1962, with the complaints of hay fever each August for the past 38 years, diarrhea each July for the past 20 years, and


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