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November 22, 1884

Visceral Neuroses.

JAMA. 1884;III(21):588. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390700028010

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This brilliant little book contains three lectures delivered at the Royal College of Physicians in March, 1883.

The author in his preface calls attention to the humbuggery of modern specialists, and in his introductory lecture makes a most telling attack upon the bad practice of gynæcologists.

The second and third lectures consider respectively gastralgia and enteralgia, differentiating, these affections from hysteria, a distinction often lost sight of.

His plan of treatment is based upon the general principle that neuralgia is the result of an exhaustion of the general vitality of the patient.

The work is written in charming style, illustrated by many cases from the author's practice, and published in a good type; thus it is easily read, entertaining and instructive.

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