Cara Aitken

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A Schistosoma mansoni cercarial antigen preparation (cercarial transformation fluid--SmCTF) was evaluated for detection of anti-schistosome antibodies in human sera in 4 collaborating laboratories. The performance of SmCTF was compared with that of S. mansoni egg antigens (SmSEA) in an indirect enzyme-immunoassay (ELISA) antigen assay, the latter being used(More)
The pathogenesis of psychosomatic distress is considered. This emphasises interest in aetiology of distress rather than solely of disease. The influence of psychological aspects is as important whether the disease is of known or unknown aetiology, and can be of greater importance in poorer socio-economic circumstances. The doctor's role is to tease out the(More)
It used to be fashionable to begin consideration of psychosomatics about philosophy of mind and body. Nowadays it is a topic about health and practical care of patients--principally about the psychological aspects of any illness. Pathogenesis is becoming understood with some risk factors clearly identifiable. The high incidence of symptoms attributable to(More)
Psychosomatic medicine embrances the influence of psychological factors on the development and course of diverse physical symptoms. Reasons are given why it is recognized that physical morbidity is influenced by such factors, with illustrations from the authors' research on acute ischemic heart disease, peptic ulcer and bronchial asthma. The nature of the(More)
The author records his views about the future of medical rehabilitation. He reports some of the evidence on which to advocate the psychosomatic approach for the management of all disease and injury prone to chronic morbidity. As the causes of distress are multiple, clinical service is required from a multiprofessional team. The success of outcome is to be(More)
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