Hematology: Overprotected Bleeders

Hemophiliacs are taught from earliest childhood to fear the slightest cut or bruising injury. And with good reason, despite new ways of improving the blood's clotting properties. But too much fear can be as bad as too little. After years of study of young hemophiliacs in Cleveland, Psychiatrists David P. Agle and Ake Mattsson have concluded that overemphasis on the dangers of the disease, working through psychosomatic mechanisms, may actually increase the frequency of bleeding.

Often, because of guilt feelings in the mother who cannot suffer from hemophilia but has transmitted it...

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