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Read in Section of Oral and Dental Surgery of American Medical Association, May, 1884.
The relation of reserve strength or nerve power to the general health, and to the harmonious working of all the functions and faculties, every practitioner has constant occasion to observe. To him it is a great source of reliance for continued health, and for permanent remedy of abnormal conditions of organs.
The abnormal conditions of different parts of the body have given rise to the various specialties in practice, all, when properly considered, having their relations to the general controlling laws and forces of the system. The question may be asked whether, in some departments of special practice, these general laws may not sometimes be too little thought of in all-absorbing attention to local disease?
The relations referred to, it may be proper for the various specialties to elaborate and demonstrate each for itself. My present
WILLIAMS JL. OVERDRAFT OF VITAL OR NERVE POWER AS AFFECTING GENERAL AND SPECIAL HEALTH. JAMA. 1885;IV(5):122–123. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390800010001b
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