Chronic and remitting diseases have absorbed most of the interest of those involved in psychosomatic medicine, since they provide as part of their clinical management, a constant reminder of the importance of psychological factors in their progression. In order to restore the balance and to establish which diseases are most likely to have a strong psychosomatic component, this paper reports on diseases leading to death before the age of 65, death which has, therefore, occurred before the natural span of life is reached.
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