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May 10, 1902


Author Affiliations
Professor of Nervous and Mental Diseases in the New York Post-Graduate Medical School. NEW YORK CITY.
JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(19):1216-1222. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480190022001f

Knowledge is an excellent drug.—Montaigne.  There is a widespread belief that the recognition, interpretation and treatment of diseases of the nervous system offer peculiar obstacles, and that many of them are entirely unamenable to therapeutic measures. Now and then it comes to the ear of the neurologist that when he has made the diagnosis his usefulness ends. It is often said, half in jest but more in earnest, "To what end is all your diagnostic acumen and your skill in differentiation when your prognosis is so gloomy?"The physician who has had wide experience in the treatment of nervous diseases knows that there is no ground for these calumnious imputations. He knows that diseases of the nervous system, organic and functional, yield as readily to therapeutic measures as the majority of functional and organic diseases. He knows that if the same care, perseverance and skill are brought to the patient