Medicine: Who's Psychosomatic?

Physicians agree that about half their patients' symptoms are of emotional rather than physical origin, but how are they to tell which is which? The Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Leonard L. Lovshin has drawn up a list of signs that may point to illness of psychosomatic origin. Samples: ¶ Exaggeration—e.g., the patient whose headache is "terrible, all over my head," and who has had it "all my life." ¶ Prepared lists of ailments. One patient gave Dr. Lovshin an 88-page case history.

¶ Bleached hair on a brunette (except a showgirl or model), or plucked-out eyebrows replaced by pencil.

¶ Tinted or dark glasses...

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