Medicine: Sick Body, Sick Mind

No fewer than 172 out of 200 patients chosen at random as a cross section of those admitted to the Cincinnati General Hospital for surgery were sick in mind as well as body. Almost half of the 172 showed a "significant relationship" between their physical and mental illnesses —one had caused or aggravated the other.

The types of mental illness, a research team reported last week, ran the range—in various combinations—from everyday neuroses (one-third) with anxiety and depression to psychoses (21½%) and character and behavior disorders (54%), with emotional instability and passive-aggressive personality the commonest types.

In 52 cases the physical had...