Postgrad Med J 50:416-419 doi:10.1136/pgmj.50.585.416
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Psychological characteristics of patients with the irritable bowel syndrome


The Eysenck Personality Inventory, the Middlesex Hospital questionnaire, and forearm blood-flow were used to measure aspects of psychological status in forty-one patients with the irritable bowel syndrome, who were compared in this respect with twenty-five matched psychoneurotic subjects and with a general population. The results show a positive association between psychoneurotic disorder and the irritable bowel syndrome.