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March 30, 1912

The Way with the Nerves.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(13):960. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030358034

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Though it is still a mooted question whether the laity should be instructed in matters medical, yet of all books written for the public we know of none which sacrifices truth to epigram so little as this handy volume. In it the author's views are popularized in the form of answers written to patients' letters. The letters and answers are patterned after Oppenheim's letters to his patients. Collins' replies to his patients combine accuracy and charm of expression; in respect to the latter they remind one very strongly of Hamerton's "Intellectual Life." What he tells his patients is exactly what an experienced neurologist should say. It is quite doubtful, however, if the average patient will understand him. It appears certain that the general practitioner will learn much by a perusal of these letters; not only will they teach him what to say to his own patients, but they will also

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