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These posthumous papers have been edited by A. D. Rockwell, M.D., an intimate associate and co-worker with Dr. Beard.
Under the term neurasthenia, the latter was one of the first among medical writers to describe the various phases of nervous exhaustion now so well recognized as forms of the same disease, and to mark out more simple paths of treatment.
The tonic use of electricity was first clearly set forth by these writers.
Very properly much space in the present work has been given to the subject of sexual hygiene. The relation of sexual neurasthenia to other diseases also receives careful consideration.
In our opinion, the opening chapter on the varieties of general neurasthenia is one of the most satisfactory in the book.
Concerning the chapter on Treatment, this cannot be said, although here, as in all parts, the book is far superior to Dr. Hammond's.
Beyond the mental effect
Sexual Neurasthenia. JAMA. 1884;III(17):475. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390660027009