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August 18, 1900

THERAPEUTICS OF TRAVEL AND CHANGE OF SCENE IN NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASES.

Author Affiliations

WAUWATOSA, WIS.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(7):403-407. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620330007001b
Abstract

This paper is suggested by the experience I have had in seeing a large number of cases in which travel or change of scene has been employed without resulting in benefit, or with apparent injury; also, to a less extent, in seeing patients improve or recover for whom travel had been recommended after they had received all the benefit they could be given by home, hospital or sanitarium treatment. Other patients have been observed who were incurable from the start, e. g., victims of paresis, who were sent traveling with the fallacious hope of benefit or palliation—in some cases the disease not being recognized—with useless trouble and sometimes disastrous results—explosion of maniacal excitement in public places, death in a foreign land or other distressing occurrences. Again, I have encountered cases of melancholia with suicidal impulses, or patients with delusions of persecution, who have made suicidal or homicidal attempts while traveling,

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