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April 9, 1892

SAD LESSON AS TO MENTAL OVERSTRAIN. THE " SPRING VACATION."

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(15):467. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411190027009

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Abstract

The Times and Register refers to the sad fate of an eminent medical teacher of Philadelphia: " With deepest regret we learn that the doors of the insane asylum have closed upon him! What an ending for such a life! To the very last no evidence of mental alienation appeared in his lectures or his writings. The habit of a lifetime's assiduous labor carried him along in the well-worn grooves, although outside of them his malady was easily discernible. Hard work, no rest, no Sabbath, no vacation; by such means his powerful intellect carried him to the forefront of his profession; but at last outraged Nature reached her limit of endurance, and the break-down was complete."

Not a few medical men of our acquaintance no longer bear so well the fatigue of a winter's campaign, as they did a year or two ago. The strain, more particularly in the case of

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