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March 1929

Vagotonies, Sympathicotonies, Neurotonies: Les États de Déséquilibre du Système nerveux organovegetatif.

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;21(3):728-729. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02210210254023

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It is not usual with American medical writers to engage in rather lengthy and close discussion with those of one's antagonists and critics who are averse to accepting our theses and theories, in a volume that otherwise is clearcut, definite and easily readable. Such discussions and arguments might well be relegated to an appendix and left out of the body of the volume. Among those who have criticized both generally and specifically the idea of vagotonia and sympathicotonia, to say nothing of the author's pet "neurotonias," are such as Cannon and G. Soderbergh. Nothing loath, our author cites Titus Livius, translated into French: "Il y a des époques, des hommes, et des événements, sur lesquels l'histoire seule peut porter un jugement définitif; les contemporaires et les témoins oculaires ne doivent écrire que ce qu'ils ont vu et entendu. Le vérité même le demande." And so almost blithely he disposes of