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November 12, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(20):1138-1140. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450200006001b

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Hysteria is recognized as well worthy of our deepest study and best thought, by those most familiar with it. Notwithstanding this fact, and the volumes that have been written about it, we must acknowledge that in many ways we are wofully ignorant regarding it. We all, probably, feel at times as though, if there were anything which we have not found out by practical experience pertaining to this disorder, we are perfectly willing to remain uninformed.

No matter how willing we may be to call it quits, our omnipresent foe (hysteria) never will consent to that, and by appearing in new phases and new forms, as well as new combinations, forces us to learn more and more regarding it. The more we know of it the less liable we are to use some such an expression as, ''Oh! it is nothing but hysteria, and does not amount to anything!" No

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