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October 22, 1932

Accidents, Neuroses and Compensation.

JAMA. 1932;99(17):1453. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740690063040

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Abstract

This book will prove useful to all who have to deal with the various aspects of traumatic nervous disorders, particularly the neuroses. It is planned—so the author says in his preface —to show the surgeon and the psychopathologist, in or out of industry, what these neuroses mean and how to circumvent them. The needs of industrial psychologists and legal advisers are considered. The mental mechanisms of the traumatic neuroses are analyzed from many angles, and contributing and complicating physical factors are discussed. Long chapters are devoted to differential diagnosis, treatment and prophylaxis. The all important influence of claims for compensation in connection with the causation, formation of symptomatic pictures and treatment is discussed at length. The author disapproves of all plans involving continued payment for traumatic neuroses, as tending to perpetuate disability. He declares that, if the awarding of money for traumatic neuroses cannot be legally and finally abolished, it

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