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August 1930

A Challenge to Neurasthenia Through a Patient's Eyes.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(2):438. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220140214023

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This little book is easy reading and interesting. It sets forth clearly and simply the different ways in which Dr. L. S. Barnes of England, now deceased, met and overcame certain aspects and circumstances which arose during his treatment of neurasthenic patients. He found fear the root of all neurasthenic troubles, and worked tirelessly with his patients until this was overcome, teaching them that lasting cure was to be found only through an intelligent facing of their problems and a grasping of the contradictions of which these consisted. He is quoted as saying, "I am no miracle worker, I teach you to cure yourself." Although this book is written by a layman, it shows clear insight into the subject of neurasthenia, and is a faithful representation of the methods employed by one who knew his subject thoroughly.

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