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September 22, 1900


Author Affiliations

Professor of Surgical Anatomy and Associate Professor of Surgery, Rush Medical College, University of Chicago. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(12):728-733. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620380006002a

I feel honored by the invitation of this Section to discuss the subject of traumatic neuroses from the standpoint of a surgeon. I am very glad of the opportunity of doing this, because the subject is one in which I have been interested for some time, one which I have had unique and large opportunity of studying, and one upon which I have formed some definite opinions, opinions which are not widely known or accepted by either the general practitioner or the neurologist; opinions which I am confident will eventually be recognized, and which I consider of much practical value. The unique opportunity of studying traumatic neuroses to which I refer was the study of a train wreck in which the conditions were such that more than two hundred and fifty people were subject to the same amount of violence and the same condition capable of producing mental shock. I

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