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The vast increase of our knowledge of the nervous system and its application to disease has been found to be most useful in the correction of certain former erroneous inferences. Hence a complete revolution has taken place in our knowledge of its pathologic states, which has also been the means of greatly enlarging the range of its organic lesions, at the same time materially limiting the scope and significance of its so-called functional affections. In spite of our grand success, however, in unraveling the secrets of the morbid changes in both structure and function of the neuron, much still remains to be done before we can successfully cross the Rubicon that separates organic lesions from those that are of purely functional origin.
This uncertainty of our knowledge has led to the formation and maintenance of a false system of nomenclature which not only confuses but greatly hinders the progress of
PUNTON J. THE RELATION OF NEURASTHENIA TO INSANITY. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1203–1206. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450210004002a
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