||Some psychological aspects of pulmonary tuberculosis.
||INT J SOC PSYCHIAT 1958, 3, 255-259.
On the supposition that a predisposition towards
TB in individuals is characterized by a need for affection and a
life situation which frustrates or aggravates this need, it is postulated
that large-scale threats to the interpersonal relationships in a
nation or group will tend to increase the communal prevalence of
TB. Threatened or broken love-links with an associated significantly
increased incidence of pulmonary TB occur in war, in primitive cultures
after the advent of the white man, involuntary or economically determined
migrations, and in mental hospitals where the schizophrenic is particularly
vulnerable to TB because of the nature of his mental disease which
leads to the destruction or loss of natural affection.
|KEYWORDS: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY.