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Sick patient in bed surrounded by on-lookersEmotions and Disease

For centuries, physicians and non-physicians alike have acknowledged that the way people felt in their minds could influence the way they responded in their bodies. Today, a new field of research is exploring the connections between the neuroendocrine and immune systems. This research has produced discoveries which promise to confirm, in the most modern scientific terms, the influence of emotions on the onset, course, and remission of disease. Emotions and Disease explores moments of this journey, which is taking a turn yet again, as it leads into the promising but indefinite future.

The online exhibition features an exhibition checklist, research notes, and additional readings.

This project was made possible by the support of the Charles A. Dana Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institution, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine.

Last Reviewed: May 27, 2015