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November 19, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXXI(21):1211-1214. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450210012002d

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The learned author of our most recent work on the nervous system and its diseases has said: "Some knowledge of the dynamics of the nervous tissues is of fundamental importance to the student of nervous phenomena and nervous disease, who should know something of the stimuli to which nerve-cells and nerve fibers react; of the manner and degree of this reaction; of the phenomena by which it is attended and of the nature of molecular transmission." (Chas. K. Mills.)

Progress in clearing up the mysteries which attend especially the origin of functional disorders of the nervous system requires more complete and exact knowledge of neural dynamics. And as the organic changes are but the secondary stages of disorders which were necessarily functional in the beginning of the derangement, faulty dynamics must account for these also.

In the nervous system, exhibiting vital phenomena either of normal or abnormal nature, we have

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