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The term neurosis, as commonly used by the profession, has an indefinite meaning. It may mean a pain, severe or slight, of a "neuralgic character.1' It is often applied to irregular functional disturbances, as for example, the gastro-intestinal functions, which may be perfect to-day, less so to-morrow, violently disturbed the next day, and normal the fourth, without any assignable cause. Neurosis may mean emotional manifestations, for example, irritability of temper, explosions of unprovoked grief, attacks of epileptiform convulsions, such psychic disturbances as melancholia and maniacal conditions. Ecstasy, delirium, hallucinations and trance have been called by that convenient term. It is often applied to that indefinite symptom-complex, known as neurasthenia, or more popularly called hysteria. In short, no matter what the train of symptoms may have been, when it seemed impossible to find structural changes due to inflammatory processes, acute or chronic, or when it could not be shown that
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