HAROLD I. KAPLAN, M.D.; HELEN S. KAPLAN, Ph.D.
From a multicausal point of view, psychologic factors play a rôle in all disease processes,1 although the importance of this rôle is highly variable. Lewis2 estimated, as a result of his evaluation of recent psychomedical surveys, ". . . that psychological disturbances were responsible, wholly or in part, for the illnesses of . . . 47% of . . . medical patients. . . ." The patients he studied were representative of the type usually seen in general practice. The disorders Lewis considered to be psychogenic included those which are wholly psychologic or functional in origin without any demonstrable organic
KAPLAN HI, KAPLAN HS. THE PSYCHOSOMATIC APPROACH IN MEDICINE1. Ann Intern Med. 1957;46:1063–1078. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-46-6-1063
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