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January 1, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(1):56. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550270056007

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The treatment of neurasthenia, hysteria, and allied conditions is the subject of an article by Dr. H. J. Hall, in this issue of The Journal, which is especially interesting in that it shows what can be done by a general practitioner with sufficient interest in the subject to individualize. Undoubtedly, the value of work in the treatment of such conditions has been demonstrated more or less successfully in individual cases by many neurologists. Dr. Hall's article, however, deals with a more extensive trial under conditions especially arranged for the purpose. Rational occupation has been employed in the treatment of insanity for a long time, though it has not been employed so extensively as it deserves. We are apt to associate the "rest cure" with neurasthenia; indeed, that is popularly all that is considered necessary in that condition, and it is not to be supposed that the work cure will displace

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