February 7, 1903


Author Affiliations

Professor of Neurology, Chicago Policlinic; Clinical Professor of Nervous Diseases, Northwestern University Medical School. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1903;XL(6):347-350. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490060001001

Nervousness seems to be the stepchild of medical practice—somewhat disliked, half understood, certainly neglected. For the average practitioner no problem in the theory of organic disease is too profound for attempted solution, no law of life too exalted for his aspiration, no bacillus so small as to elude his pursuit, but with such a triviality as nervousness, its nature, prevention and cure, he seldom seriously occupies his mind. To acquire a working knowledge of the brain is too much bother. To ponder the plain facts of heredity, development and child-rearing is too uninteresting. To cultivate a familiarity with the various passions and emotions, to search out manners of thought and feeling, or even to discover the dominating element in the life of a patient is quite impractical. To take the time to counsel those about to marry or to instruct the mother how not to spoil her children

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