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December 9, 1922

Nerves and Personal Power. Some Principles of Psychology as Applied to Conduct and Health.

JAMA. 1922;79(24):2026-2027. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640240060037

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That there is something the matter with medicine "as she is spoke," the success of Christian science, to use only one instance, amply testifies. The patients whom Weir Mitchell wrote about in "Fat and Blood" forty-five years ago only represented with peculiar shrillness the dissonance that is disturbing the harmony of life in many of us today. Emile Coué and his kind have exploited one way, the most mechanical and ephemeral, by which morbid mental and nervous activities may be suppressed. But King goes to the root of the matter and shows how the character-defects on which functional nervous aberrations depend may be remedied. The fundamental attribute of efficient character is self control, and "self control is not volition, is not effort." It is not by suppression that undesirable impulses are to be neutralized; thus treated they are only put to sleep. "But how kill the impulse? By giving up

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