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March 26, 1910

Nervous and Mental Diseases.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(13):1080. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550390062026

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Abstract

In this volume, covering the work of the year in nervous and mental diseases, several things stand out rather prominently. One is a changing view in regard to hysteria, there being a distinct movement in the study of this disease to classify manifestations, to give each a more significant separate designation, to find a distinct pathology for it, and to ascribe a very large proportion of symptoms, such as sensitivosensorial hemianesthesia, contraction of the visual field, monocular polyopia, dyschromatopsia, loss of pharyngeal reflex, hysterogenetic zones, etc., to unconscious suggestion, usually of medical origin. It may well be that with further study of the neuroses the term "hysteria" will become obsolete. Another suggestion that would seem to have a reasonable basis is that chorea is a symptom and not a separate disease and that the effort to attribute it to some specific infectious cause is not justified. Incoordinated muscular movements in

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