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March 27, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(13):609. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440130035005

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Physicians who have had a wide experience with hysteric patients are apt to regard all other patients who come to them with an eye strongly disposed to discover hysteric manifestations, while on the other hand, those members of the profession who have not met with many such cases often overlook the possibility that obscure symptoms may be due to this strange cause of perverted functional activity. The common symptoms of hysteria as manifested in the various disorders of sensation and hemi-anesthesia are so manifest that they often lead even the careless physician to a correct diagnosis, but the more unusual types may well obscure diagnosis unless the physician is constantly on the lookout for their underlying cause.

Our attention has been particularly called to this matter by an interesting case reported in the Journal des Practiciens for Jan. 23, 1897, in which there was anuria due to hysteria, which is

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