Medicine: Helpful Fright

If a tuberculosis patient is depressed and apathetic, his disease is likely to get worse despite the best of medical care. If a patient is always tense and angry and bucks his necessarily slow treatment he is not apt to improve very fast. But if a depressed patient can be made to snap out of it by sudden fright or sudden anger, he will probably begin to get better right away.

Doctors, who have long known that there is a rough relationship between TB and the emotions, had these facts spelled out for them last week at the Los Angeles meeting of...

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