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The discoveries in the finer structure of the nervous system, the resulting modifications in our views as regards its physiology, the recognition of the fact that nerve action is in the centers effected, not by continuity of the nerve cell and fiber, but by their contiguity, have revolutionized our ideas as to the pathology of a large number of disorders of which the anatomic lesions have so far evaded us. Adding to this, the hardly less important discovery by our countryman Hodge, of the effects of fatigue upon the nerve cell itself, we have a rational pathology suggested for nearly all the so-called functional disorders of the nerve centers, neurasthenia and insanity included. This fact is largely recognized by the authors of the most recent general work on nervous diseases, which in this respect is in advance of all its predecessors.
While to a large extent this pathology is, and
THE PATHOLOGY OF THE PARTIAL NEURASTHENIAS.. JAMA. 1895;XXV(13):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430390033004