Several researchers have assumed that personality traits play a significant role in the etiology of physical diseases via neurological or neuroendocrine responses. As early as 1942, Cannon, in an article on voodoo death, excluded the possibility of any organic causes and related the cause of death to sympathetic adrenal reaction to fear. Thirty-two years later, Angoff and Barth (1974) quoted several death cases related to psychological factors with no organic causes.
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