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March 17, 1906

Management of a Nerve Patient.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(11):822. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510380060024

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This little volume is largely in the same line as that of Dr. DuBois (which we reviewed March 1[ill],page 744), and contains a valuable amount of useful suggestions and hints. The author does not discard medical and physical treatment, however, to the same extent or reject hydrotherapy and electricity, as does DuBois. These all play a more or less prominent part in his therapy, and he considers that mental treatment has in it the danger of leading the specialist to consider it too much of a cure-all in itself. Every curative agent, he says, has more claimed for it than it deserves, and this is pre-eminently true of mental action in disease. He does not enter much into the psychology, but has much to say about the unconscious mind and thinks that certain individuals possess a sort of healing gift; he thinks this may be explained by some action on

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