The various forms of mental perversion usually first come under the observation of the general practitioner As for the acute insanities, their prognosis varies in proportion to their early recognition and treatment Skilful attention at the outset will frequently [ill] an attack, or, at least, cause to run a benign and favorable course that which would otherwise have developed into a prolonged and serious illness. "In regarding the causation of insanity," says Dr. Mercier, "we should not exclusively concentrate attention upon the nervous system, but should remember that this is a question of general medicine. We must not wrap ourselves up too closely in our specialty; we should take wide views, and regard insanity as a malady, not of the brain alone, but of the whole man; it is a disease of the whole organism and it can only be properly understood and properly dealt with when so regarded."
RIGGS CE. THE TREATMENT OF THE ACUTE PSYCHOSES IN PRIVATE PRACTICE. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(21):1374–1378. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470470016001d
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