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July 13, 1918

VISCERAL SYMPTOMATOLOGY IN NERVOUS DISEASESGRAVE DANGERS OF MISINTERPRETATION AND OF UNNECESSARY SURGICAL INTERVENTION

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PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1918;71(2):92-97. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600280014004
Abstract

At the present day, owing to the development of the various specialties, a development which has gradually become more and more intensive, the proper values are not always assigned to the symptoms presented by a given case. A physician accustomed daily to observe his patients from a single point of view is naturally in danger of acquiring a narrowed horizon. This danger can only be avoided if he keep in touch in greater or less degree with the other departments of medicine, especially with the great field of neurology. The specialist naturally has his attention attracted to some one organ or group of organs; perhaps it is the stomach, the heart, the genito-urinary apparatus, or perhaps a special sense organ. It may be that the symptoms presented owe their origin exclusively to the local conditions, or it may be that the latter form but a part of a much larger

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