Psychosocial Status in Chronic Illness

P. Leif Bergsagel, Thomas E. Finucane, Robert F. Meenan, John H. Mason, Lewis E. Kazis, Christoph Hürny, Jimmie C. Holland, I. Barofsky, J. R. Bloom, Barrie R. Cassileth, Edward J. Lusk, Thomas B. Strouse, David S. Miller, Lorraine L. Brown, Patricia A. Cross, Alan N. Tenagila

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To the Editor: The Special Article by Cassileth et al. (Aug. 23 issue)1 deals with a fascinating topic. The authors hypothesize that the psychological status of chronically ill patients does not differ according to the diagnosis. They proceed to verify this hypothesis by observing a fundamental similarity in the levels of depression, anxiety, and other indexes of psychological well-being and distress among populations of patients with various chronic illnesses. The best way to test hypotheses is to look at their horizon of expectations, a good example of which is given by Jacques Monod.2 In order for Darwin's theory of evolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1580-1582
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 13 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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