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September 18, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(12):569-571. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440380011002a

The interlacing of the nerves with the different structures of the body gives energy to every vital organ in health and aggravates their disorder in disease.

To understand the correlation of the nerves and capillaries with the internal viscera presupposes a knowledge of the relation of the cerebro-spinal nerves with the ganglionic and vasomotor nerves. The outgrowth of the operation of the excito-motor, the excito-secretory and the excito-dynamic functions of the nervous system upon the different structures in their physiologic condition, prepares the mind to appreciate the great effects of vitiated actions of the nerves under their pathologic derangement.

The organic changes in nerve tissues are pre-eminently characteristic of the direct involvement of the nerve element, and the development of neuromata in the course of the nerve trunks illustrates the part taken by the nervous system in surgical pathology.

Neuralgia, in all its protean forms, is not a mere functional