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July 1922


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By Maurice Craig, C.B.E., M.D. (Cantab.), F.R.C.P. (Lond.), Physician for and Lecturer in Psychological Medicine, Guy's Hospital. Late Examiner in Diploma for Psychological Medicine, Cambridge University. 148 pages. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger. 1922.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1922;30(1):132. doi:10.1001/archinte.1922.00110070135015

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The outstanding features of this book are common sense and simplicity. In spite of his undoubted possession of perfect knowledge of modern psychopathologic lingo, the author expresses his ideas in plain English, even avoiding such terms as neurasthenia and psychasthenia. Nerve exhaustion is discussed under five principal headings: causation, symptomatology, sleeplessness, diagnosis and prognosis, treatment. According to Craig, there is nothing haphazard about fatigue and it is our duty to discover the rules governing its occurrence. His discussion of the hypersensitive, precarious child and its management if read not only by physicians, but by teachers and educated parents would be most helpful in the prevention of nervous invalidism. His ideas on gastro-intestinal hygiene may sound a little revolutionary, to most Americans with whom "regulation" of the bowels has almost become a national duty. We are told that a tendency to looseness of the bowels is much more harmful to the

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