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April 13, 1907

Diseases of the Nervous System, Resulting from Accident and Injury.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(15):1289. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520410065018

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The tendency to see a causal relationship between two events merely because one follows the other in point of time seems to be deeply rooted in the human mind. This applies not only to the ordinary phenomena of Nature, but also particularly to matters relating to medicine. Were such faulty deductions limited to the laity the profession might easily overlook it, at least so far as medical matters are concerned, but unfortunately the same weakness is but too prevalent among physicians. In no particular is this so manifest as it is in the tendency shown by some to attribute to some antecedent injury all of the subsequent ills which may befall an individual. Owing to the great lack of knowledge, on the part of many physicians, of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the nervous system, the relationship which exists between injury and nervous diseases, is but little understood. The

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