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May 12, 1900

ETIOLOGIC STUDIES ON NEUROSES OF PERIPHERAL ORIGIN.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(19):1166-1169. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610190016001d
Abstract

Medical opinion concerning the frequency and importance of the so-called reflex neuroses has fluctuated considerably within past years. The claims made by American ophthalmologists regarding the effects of eye strain, the startling results announced by Hack and his followers concerning the cure of reflexes of intranasal origin and to some extent, too, the views of gynecologists as regards the etiologic rôle of pelvic anomalies in the production of nervous symptoms have made "reflex neuroses" a topic of the day. But criticism is beginning to show how and wherein some of the enthusiasts have erred, and perhaps an undue skepticism is beginning to prevail. One of our members has not inaptly characterized the trend of medical opinion as "the passing of the reflex." Yet by properly defining the term "neuroses of peripheral origin" it can be made to include a great deal of human suffering, which may be relieved by the

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