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June 8, 1912

The Conquest of Nerves.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(23):1814. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060163040

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In this small volume the author has furnished the general reading public another literary, if not scientific, contribution to the subject of "nerves." He takes up the several cults and healing-fads and attempts to show that where cures have actually been accomplished that this was made possible only through the instrumentality of "self." In his preface the author wishes us to know that "the object of this modest little volume is to fulfill that most important teaching function which the busy doctor is, unfortunately, too often forced to neglect. Hence, it is the author's most earnest desire that it should come into the hands of individuals with 'nerves,' at that critical moment when, with faith in the curative power of orthodox medical science dead and that in themselves fast dying, they ordinarily fall into the first trap set for them by quackery." The term "nerves" he applies to neurasthenia, hysteria,

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