The planning and organization of this symposium was encouraged by very widespread interest in the subject. Most physicians in clinical practice recognize that cardiovascular malfunction and disease are often associated with psychological or behavioral phenomena. Psychologists and psychiatrists utilize variations in cardiovascular functions to measure psychological activity. Also, psychologists and psychiatrists have become interested in conditioning of cardiovascular functions to produce changes in blood pressure, heart rate etc. Physiologists are well aware that the brain and nervous system are intimately related in a functional way with the cardiovascular system. Yet in spite of these many associations, there is little objective evidence that cardiovascular disease is induced by psychological or behavioral patterns. Perhaps the lack of definable relationships is in part due to a paucity of effective working relations among the life sciences disciplines. Psychologists and physiologists have each developed their own methods and jargon largely apart from each other. Practicing physicians, physiologists, psychologists and psychiatrists have not tended to work effectively together in order to approach the question from an interdisciplinary basis. There is apparently a surge of current and some new evidence that the association of psychological and behavioral functions can and do induce cardiovascular alterations. In view of the potential importance of this association, the Scientific Board of the International Cardiological Society and the Council on Clinical Sciences agreed that it would be important to bring physicians, physiologists, psychiatrists and psychologists interested in cardiovascular functions in health and disease together to explore mutual experiences. About forty of the world's leading investigators in these related fields were quired regarding their interest.
|Title of host publication||IL PONTE, MILANO|
|Publication status||Published - 1972|
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