PAUL D. WHITE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Psychosomatic medicine is "as old as the hills," or at least as old as the earliest humans who came down from the hills to establish civilized communities in the valleys and plains. The effect of "mind over matter" was the belief of our primitive ancestors as far as health and disease were concerned. There were no bacteria for them, or lesions of the brain or nerves or viscera, but evil spirits that had to be exorcised by extensive ritual in the hands of the witch doctors, of the magician and, finally, of the priest. Even Christ cast out devils
WHITE PD. THE PSYCHE AND THE SOMA: THE SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES OF THE HEART*. Ann Intern Med. 1951;35:1291–1305. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-35-6-1291
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;35(6):1291-1305.
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