This paper reviews the literature on the reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) syndrome and the proposed role of specific personality characteristics in the etiology of RSD. A brief history of RSD is followed by a review and critique of various theories regarding its etiology, including a discussion of the role played by personality characteristics. The author concludes that a correlation between specific personality characteristics and RSD is likely but that the evidence to date has not been conclusive. Recommendations for the adoption of a prototype model of RSD and for future research are included.
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