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March 19, 1898

Sexual Neurasthenia ( Nervous Exhaustion ), Its Hygiene, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment, with a Chapter on Diet for the Nervous by George M. Beard, A.M., M.D.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(12):685. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440640053021

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The editor, Dr. Rockwell, says truly that "the fact that each successive edition of this work has been exhausted more quickly than its predecessor, sufficiently indicates its popularity and right to live."

In this edition is for the first time described what the author terms the "depolarizing" method in the treatment of neurasthenic cases. By this method the force of the positive pole is changed, by the use of a hollow handled or cup-shaped electrode which, when in use, is filled with some electrolytic fluid, as a weak salt solution or weak solution of soda bicarbonate. This method prevents the pain and undue irritation sometimes felt at the point of contact with one of the ordinary electrodes, no matter how widely separated.

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