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November 14, 1896


Author Affiliations

Director of the New York Electro-Therapeutic Clinic, Laboratory and Dispensary; late Instructor in Electro-Therapeutics, New York Post Graduate Medical School; Fellow of the American Electro-Therapeutic Association, Member Société Francaise D'Electrothérapie, Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, Fellow of the Medical Society of the County of New York, Fellow the American Medical Association, Member the New York Electrical Society. NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(20):1043-1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430980015001h

Looking at it from a purely scientific point of view the recognition under the head of neurasthenia of the many and varied expressions of nerve weakness is most unfortunate, and must have a tendency to hinder that investigation into the true nature of the underlying conditions which is absolutely essential to the advancement of the science of medicine. On the other hand this recognition has led to the establishment of excellent therapeutic methods, which, however, are so familiar as not to need enumeration here.

Among them Franklinization takes an important place, and although it is the oldest form of electric treatment, its value is not yet fully appreciated by the profession.

It is not within the scope of this paper to discuss the nature of neurasthenia, interesting as the subject is, suffice it to say that neurasthenia in an acquired form, may be regarded as primary or secondary; primary when