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September 1925

THE WEIR MITCHELL REST CURE FORTY YEARS AGO AND TODAY

Author Affiliations

Physician to the Infirmary for Nervous Diseases PHILADELPHIA

Arch NeurPsych. 1925;14(3):384-389. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200150097008
Abstract

In these so-called modern days, it is the fashion to look with scorn at any method of treatment or diagnosis which is more than a few years old. A book published five years ago is out of date. An old method of treatment, no matter how good it may have been in the past, is regarded as antiquated.

Since Weir Mitchell first published his book, "Fat and Blood," in 1877, now forty-seven years ago, the osteopaths, chiropractors, naprapaths and a host of other "paths" have come into being. Then there are the Christian scientists, Bohemian thrusters, electrical specialists, and, in later years, the psychanalysts have come into fashion.

It would be wrong to place psychanalysis in this group, were it not for the fact that psychanalysis has graduated from the ranks of medical men and is now being practiced by persons not at all trained in medicine, most of whom

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