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July 21, 1951

Therapie der Nerven- und Geisteskrankheiten.

JAMA. 1951;146(12):1174. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670120084036

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The editor, Dr. Holzer, restricts himself to a general medico-philosophical introduction and relegates the main task to his associates. This treatise covers all types of therapeutic procedures, such as pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, therapeutic operations on the central and peripheral nervous system, specific therapy in diseases of the brain and meninges, treatment of neurosyphilis, and other diseases of the spinal cord, peripheral nerves and neuromuscular system. There are chapters on diagnostic procedures, shock treatments, convulsive disorders, psychotherapy, therapeutic use of hormones, vitamins, diets, and therapy of acute injuries to the central nervous system.

This monograph contains little that is of value to the practicing neurologist or psychiatrist. It is filled with therapeutic suggestions that have been gleaned from the literature of the past century and put together without critical evaluation. Most of the recommended forms of therapy are obsolete; to mention a few striking examples, leeches in cerebral hemorrhage, mercury and

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