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The proximate purpose of electrical treatment in the group of conditions known as neurasthenia has been somewhat vaguely understood by different investigators, resulting in quite a variety of methods being employed. Remembering the multiform phases of the affection itself, this is by no means strange, particularly when it is recalled that our knowledge of the pathologic processes underlying it is extremely imperfect and based mainly on deductions from therapeutic empiricism.
Judging from published utterances and from the methods of treatment recommended, it is evident that most of the authorities agree with the original investigator, Beard, in regarding the disease as a perversion of function of the cerebro-spinal system of nerves. Benedikt, Weir Mitchell and Rockwell, for instance, rely almost entirely on general faradic applications, apparently for tonic and revulsive effects, while Morton, Vigoroux and others employ static applications. The currents used by them expend their force on the external moist
MASSEY GB. ELECTRO-THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUE IN THE TREATMENT OF NEURASTHENIA AND NERVOUS PROSTRATION. JAMA. 1895;XXV(23):974–975. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430490002001a
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