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December 1932

Die Organneurose im Lichte neuerer Anschauungen.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(6):1461-1462. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240060220024

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In this little pamphlet the author discusses the diagnosis and treatment of what he speaks of as "vegetative neuroses." He claims that for purposes of classification it is easy to separate psychoneuroses from "organ neuroses" (vegetative neuroses). Vegetative neuroses are the ones which both the neurologist and the general practitioner encounter most frequently. The morbid phenomena of the vegetative neuroses are limited to vegetative organs and their functions. The separation of the vegetative neuroses from organic disease is almost impossible. There are fleeting transitions.

The author distinguishes three large groups: (1) "vasoneurosis," comprising all sorts of vasomotor disorders, including certain forms of urticaria, migraine, "the vasomotor form of angina pectoris," certain forms of Raynaud's disease and hypertonia; (2) the "secretion neuroses," such as hyperacidity, hyperhidrosis and rhinitis; (3) the "dyskinesias," which include all sorts of spastic phenomena of the intestinal tract, of the bladder, dysmenorrheic disorders, bronchial asthma and the