oa Central African Journal of Medicine - On the physiological interpretation of anger

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The presence of emotional components in many disease states is widely recognised, but the interpretation and evaluation of these aspects remain largely unresolved. It is here suggested that during anger and hostility the general basic life-functional organization shifts to a pattern of heightened external adaptability, supported by heightened self maintenance, heightened assimilation and heightened excretion, with concomitant reductions in growth and reproduction. Viewed in such a context, certain disease states would appear physiologically more intelligible. Chronically sustained hostility appears to provide a ground plan for the later emergence of a variety of diseases, among them hypertension, peptic ulcer, irritable colon syndromes, diabetes mellitus and others, each a variant mode of vulnerability arising out of a weakening of the oversustained hyperfunctional state.

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