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March 5, 1904

The Blues (Splanchnic Neurasthenia), Causes and Cure.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(10):665. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490550039030

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Abstract

The object of the author, he states in his preface, is to call attention to a new and heretofore underseribed variety of nerve exhaustion, which he designates as splanchnic neurasthenia, characterized by paroxysms of depression of varying duration, popularly called "the blues." Fortunately his experience with the condition has taught him that there is no variety of neurasthenia more amenable to treatment than this splanchnic form. The relation of emotional conditions to the abdominal viscera was recognized almost from the earliest antiquity. Depression of spirits and disease below the diaphragm have always been considered as associated, but Dr. Abrams has here brought out a scientific theory and statement of the condition.

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