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April 18, 1908

Hysteria in Italians.

JAMA. 1908;L(16):1283. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530420051018

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Detroit, Micii., April 2, 1908.

To the Editor:  —I was very much interested in Dr. Baff's article, "Hysteria in Italians." There are a few Italians four blocks from my residence and I can bear out the doctor's statement that the Latin races are prone to hysteria. They seem to me to be lacking in "sand." A hypodermatic injection of apomorphin will (in all cases) quickly put to flight any case of hysteria, let it be an Italian, a vexed prostitute or high-strung woman. About ten years ago a woman was picked up on the street unconscious (sic), taken to the hospital, and her most remarkable, unprecedented case of twenty-four hours' "unconsciousness" commented on by the lay press. It happened a few times; on the last occasion I was called to see her, and one hypodermic of apomorphin completely cured the "unconsciousness." By the way, apomorphin hypodermatically will often abort an

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