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Depression, or melancholia as it was once called, is one of the more common patient complaints encountered bypractitioners of both Oriental and Western medicine. Even if the patient’s chief complaint does not centre on his orher mood, many patients are often as sick at heart as they are in body. Melancholia transcends culture, and bothEast and West have closely examined this devastating disease, which has physical as well as emotional ramifications.Through the centuries, practitioners from the East and West have noted the symptoms and signs of the depressedpatient and were struck by the state of the patient’s hypochondrium. This paper discusses this anatomical area,its role in the diagnosis and treatment of melancholia, and how both medical traditions have similarly seen thehypochondrium as an important hallmark of a patient’s physical and emotional state. The case of Abraham Lincoln,the 19th century American president, is used as an illustration of classic melancholia and an example of culturalconvergence regarding the hypochondrium.
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