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July 17, 1909


Author Affiliations

Lecturer in Neurology in Starling-Ohio Medical University ; Superintendent of Rodebaugh Sanatorium COLUMBUS, OHIO

JAMA. 1909;LIII(3):169-172. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550030007002a

Since the days of Erickson there have been repeated efforts to establish traumatic neurosis as a particular type of disease until at present it is fairly generally accepted, although not uniformly interpreted. Erickson failed to separate the organic and functional cases, and it was not until Oppenheim and Strumpell and others studied the question that the organic conditions were eliminated. Traumatic neurosis is a generic term, and, when speaking of a particular case, we should designate hysterical form, neurasthenic form, psychic form, or mixed form. Such a disposition is made of the term dementia præcox with its different forms. It occurs to me that the difficulty in the use of this term arises out of the fact that the name is based on etiology in conflict with a terminology enforced by the clinical symptoms. This difficulty is particularly frequently encountered in the nomenclature of nervous and mental diseases; however

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