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February 24, 1906

Psychopathic Manifestations of Non-Insane Psychoneuroses.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(8):600. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510350050024

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New York, Feb. 16, 1906.

To the Editor:  —In a letter published in The Journal, Dec. 16, 1895, I said that the term "psychosomatasthenia," coined and introduced by Dr. John Punton, belonged to what I am in the habit of calling "Lexicon-Greek." I also said that phrenosomatitis might express the same meaning, but that I would not dare to offer it for adoption before consulting Greek friends regarding its acceptability. I wrote to my esteemed friend Dr. B. Leonardos, the director of the Museum of Inscriptions in Athens, who is a physician and a philologist, and received the following information: "The word phrenosomatitis does not seem to me appropriate. Psychosomatasthenia is to be rejected. I believe that the disease can not be named with one word, and that even two words which will correspond exactly with the meaning can not easily be found."

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