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Hearts and minds
  1. The London Chest Hospital
  2. Bonner Road, London E2 9JX, UK
  3. Oxford University Department of Psychiatry
  4. Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX, UK
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Editorials in Heart reflect the range of original papers we receive, covering diagnosis, management, epidemiology, and pathology of cardiovascular disease. Little has been published on the clinically well recognised interaction between the heart, psychology, and behaviour. There are two contributory factors: cardiologists tend to be suspicious about the reliability and validity of psychological and social measures, and about the relevance of such findings to busy routine cardiac care. These views are partly a residue from the older psychosomatic literature on alleged psychological causes of heart disease. On the other hand, psychiatrists and psychologists often have …

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