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August 23, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(8):290-291. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410340022005

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Mr. Julius Wolff, writing master of Frankfort-on-the-Main and London, writes to the British Medical Journal, July 19, of his special method for the treatment of neurosis of the hand. This phrase he considers to be preferable to that used more frequently, and restricted in its application to the muscular debility that befalls the penman, whereas the affection finds examples in many other occupations, as the telegraphist, the painter, the violinist, the embroiderer, the cigarmaker, and others. His method of treatment, which has been utilized by Charcot, Nussbaum, Ferrier and others, is by massage and gymnastic exercises, both of which are so devised as to primarily influence the muscles and nerves of the affected part, and secondarily to act upon the psychically affected centre; that is, the morbidly disturbed will-power of the patient. This latter function of the treatment he really set in the more prominent place, and he speaks

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