November 28, 1896

Treatment of Neurasthenia.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(22):1166. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431000042015

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Key West, Fla., Nov. 18, 1896.

To the Editor:  — In your editorial "Physiologic Treatment of Neurasthenia," October 31, you say, "The patient should also be instructed to sleep on his side (this may be accomplished by having him bind a cigar box on the back, or by tying a towel about the waist with the knot behind), etc."Allow me to suggest a way that I have found more successful and comfortable in several instances. Let the patient tie a strip of soft but strong cloth to one side of the bedstead; lie on his left side (for instance) on the other side, extend his right arm to its full length across his body and fasten the right wrist with the free end of the cloth. It will be impossible for him to lie on his back, yet have plenty of freedom in other positions. Yours truly,

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