The training-camp method is an evolutionary result of clinical experience. The best results in the rational treatment of the functional neuroses are obtained by the application of some form of work at a selected stage of the treatment.
Various forms of work have been tried, ranging from brass beating and pottery to gardening and farming. It is unnecessary to review the arguments in favor of work as a rational therapeutic agent in these cases; the question is, what is the best form of work. In the first place, all these patients do best under a regime which is free from personal responsibility. The best method known by which endurance, stamina, powers of resistance and physical well-being are obtained (under ordinary circumstances) is that which is imposed on professional athletes and especially on pugilists and wrestlers in training for their respective contests.
Some years ago I began to apply these methods,
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