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October 3, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(14):381-382. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391130017005

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In a paper read at the recent annual meeting of the British Medical Association, and published in the British Medical Journal of September 5, Dr. J. Strahan calls attention to what he calls some " Puzzling Conditions of the Heart and other Organs dependent on Neurasthenia." In view of the comparative frequency of these conditions—being much more common than is generally supposed—the fact that they are sometimes only recognized with difficulty and in many cases not at all, and that the subject is untouched in medical literature save by a very limited number of authors, Dr. Strahan's paper is very timely.

These conditions, or symptoms as they may be called, are veritable diagnostic stumbling-blocks when occurring as purely neurasthenic phenomena, since they often point to seemingly serious organic troubles. Dr. Strahan defines neurasthenia as " a condition of prostration of the whole or some part of the nervous centres, owing to deficient

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