Marj Plumb

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Thirty-eight patients receiving chemotherapy for advanced cancer and 37 of their spouses were studied to assess changes since illness in the desire for affection (sexual, physical, and verbal) and changes in actual affectional behavior. Each participant in the study was interviewed and then completed the Beck Depression Inventory and an Affectional Needs(More)
Depressive symptoms assessed by the Beck Depression Inventory were compared in 97 cancer patients, 66 next-of-kin of cancer patients, and 99 physically healthy persons who attempted suicide. Less than a fourth of the cancer patients and a fifth of their next-of-kin but over half of the psychiatric patients were moderately or severely depressed. The two(More)
Discrete windows of susceptibility to toxicants have been identified for the breast, including in utero, puberty, pregnancy, and postpartum. We tested the hypothesis that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) measured during the early postpartum predict increased risk of maternal breast cancer diagnosed before age 50. We analyzed archived early postpartum serum(More)
Sociodemographic, drug-taking history and psychological test data were collected from 133 male heroin addicts in treatment programs. Those addicts who had ever sniffed glue (26.4%) were characterized by a unique orientation toward death. Not only were they significantly more likely to have attempted suicide, but also they more often fantasized about death(More)
This study compared psychologic function, especially depression, in patients with advanced cancer and in sociodemographically matched, physically healthy patients who had recently attempted suicide. A companion study examined self-report of depressive symptoms; the present study relied on a semistructured interview technique. Eighty patients who were(More)
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