Bearing Cancer

  • John Hinton
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


It is an honor to give this lecture in remembrance of Dr. David Kissen. His disciplined investigations into the relationships between psychological factors and diseases such as lung cancer provided information of great value and gave insights into the complex field of psychosomatic processes. The second Kissen Memorial Lecture was devoted to reviewing many of the problems involved in the psychosomatic aspects of neoplasia. After considering the relevant factors in the premorbid personality and life experience of those with malignant disorders, Professor Crisp discussed the influence of psychological factors on the onset and course of the disease.8 In this lecture another aspect is considered—the reactions of people who have developed cancer. Hence the title, Bearing Cancer. There are a variety of meanings and nuances in the word bearing which are relevant to cancer. The dictionary definitions include the following: to produce, to bring forth, to carry about upon one, to support a strain, to sustain successfully, to sustain something painful or trying, to stand a test, to tolerate, to hold aloft, to put up with, to endure.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hinton
    • 1
  1. 1.Middlesex Hospital Medical SchoolLondonEngland

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