Some clinical studies on the psycho-somatic background of peptic ulcer
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Summary and conclusions
A psychiatric examination of 33 young adult males with duodenal or gastric ulcer has been carried out. Space permits only the presentation of 4 illustrative cases in detail. The entire group revealed characteristic psychic backgrounds. These patients are suffering from chronic frustration and inward direction of re-pressed, strong emotional stimuli with strong masochistic and sadistic tendencies. This chronic state of inward tension or drive bears a close relation to the incidence and recurrence of peptic ulcer. While much further work is necessary before one can draw a final conclusion, nevertheless, a review of the observations of others plus our own experience impresses one with the strong probability that peptic ulcer is a psychosomatic disease.
KeywordsPeptic Ulcer Appendicitis Duodenal Ulcer Gastric Ulcer Young Adult Male
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