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JAMA 100 Years Ago
December 9, 1998

THE STRESS OF MODERN CIVILIZATION AS A FACTOR IN THE CAUSATION OF INSANITY.

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Edited by Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.

JAMA. 1998;280(22):1902N. doi:10.1001/jama.280.22.1902

BY FREDERIC S. THOMAS , M.D.,

PROFESSOR OF MENTAL DISEASES CREIGHTON MEDICAL COLLEGE, OMAHA.

In presenting a few thoughts upon this subject, I desire not to be exhaustive, but to present points merely for your consideration. The author does not claim the stress of modern civilization to be an exclusive factor in the causation of insanity, yet one which should not be dismissed without consideration. . . . Instead of modern culture making the masses more resistive and better qualified for life's battle, in many instances, by reason of over-stimulation and faulty cerebral development, it tends to weaken the inhibitory qualities of the brain.

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