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August 29, 1908

Why Worry?

JAMA. 1908;LI(9):776. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540090058022

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Abstract

Why worry? That's the question! And sometimes it is a most difficult one to answer. While this is the title of the book before us. it would have been more appropriate to have used the imperative "don't worry." which exhortation, however, would be as difficult to obey as the question is hard to answer. But this book tells us not only why we should not worry, but how to avoid worrying. It is an axiom that most of our troubles, mental as well as physical, are imaginary, and consequently can be avoided if we only will it so. This is the keynote of the book; it is applied to every-day affairs, to social and business worries, as well as to physical. A chapter is devoted to hypochondria, another to neurasthenia and another to sleeplessness and to other purely medical topics. The chapter on sleep is a most sensible one, and

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