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October 25, 1890

Flushing and Morbid Blushing; Their Pathology and Treatment.

JAMA. 1890;XV(17):627-628. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410430035015

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Under this remarkable title the author has gathered a large number of observations on what may practically be described as a minor symptom of instability in the nervous centres. As is now the fashion, these manifestations of vaso-motor irregularity are explained by discharges in cortical brain areas whose existence are as yet hypothetical. A flush is described as "a nerve-storm in which a rush of blood to the skin and a sense of heat are generally the most obtrusive manifestations." The distinction between flushing and blushing is indefinite with the exception that flushing is usually connected with some sexual irregularity and blushing is excited by some emotion. In justification of the term morbid or pathological blushing a number of cases are cited (p. 135), some of which follow:

Æt. 27 (man). Was a soldier, but compelled by excessive blushing to give up his profession.

Æt. 28 (man). Has recently

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