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December 4, 1909

Neurasthenia. By Gilbert Ballet, Professor agrégé at the College of Medicine of Paris.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(23):1938. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550230066028

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Precisely at this time, while the epidemic of psychotherapeutic "afflictions" is still raging in and out of the profession, Professor Ballet's book on neurasthenia is opportune. Primarily designed as a monograph on treatment, the present (third) edition, of which this is an excellent translation, has expanded so as to include etiology and symptomatology. To those who received their first psychotherapeutic repast out of Dubois' milk-bottle, this book may seem more difficult of digestion, but in the end it will be found more invigorating and real food for men. The volume is replete with good advice and will be profitable alike to specialist and general practitioner.

Though the bulk of the book is devoted to treatment, yet the preliminary short chapters on etiology, symptomatology and classification deserve commendation, as they are clear and conform to the accepted views of neurologists both here and abroad. Unlike Dubois' book, which is a combination

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