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August 9, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(6):311-313. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480320023001g

The term neuralgia may be applied to all pains found in animal tissue that may be regarded as being nearly or quite in a perfect physical condition, especially if the pains have become chronic. To designate the locality of the cause of pain, which may or may not be in the region of pain, and leaving out what may be regarded as functional disturbance, we may mention, for illustration of my subject, facial neuralgia, gastralgia, myalgia, as of the pain in myelitis and pyelitis, all of which are only different phases of disturbances called neuralgia. The locality of the keenest pains may be in the parts suggested by those names or they may be at greater or less distance. Neuralgia in and about the face and mouth is generally easily determined, but there are cases where there seem to be complications.

Other forms of pain, such as gout, rheumatism, sciatica