We have learned to look on disease as an expression of the reaction of the human organism to an invading irritant. To certain disorders apparently of nervous origin, but without demonstrable lesion, we have come to apply the designation neuroses. Of them we know in general that they are largely transmissible by heredity and that their manifestations may sometimes be excited or suppressed respectively by slight influences. Some of these disorders are motor, others sensory, while still others are distinctly vasomotor, at times spasmodic, at other times paretic. In the last class are a group of related disorders, of which asthma may be considered a type—the so-called paroxysmal respiratory neuroses. It must be assumed that we have here an erethetic nervous system, more especially its respiratory division, which is set into morbid activity by various irritants to which the normal organism makes no special response. Owing to the diversity of
A SUGGESTION FOR THE TREATMENT OF SOME RESPIRATORY NEUROSES. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(2):85–86. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480280027010
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