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A tale of mind and body

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 06 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2383
  1. Barrie Rapoport, family physician, Maccabi HMO, Zichron Yaakov, Israel
  1. barrie{at}

    I have always been a firm believer in the so called mind-body connection. As a family doctor, I have witnessed time and again the effects of depression and anxiety on patients with chronic illness, and likewise the conundrum of unexplained physical symptoms that defy all attempts to reduce them into a particular diagnostic category. Indeed patients with multiple unexplained symptoms are a tremendous challenge to the general practitioner as well …

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