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April 29, 1899

Nervous and Mental Diseases.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(17):954. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450440052027

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This is really two separate works. The authorship is a double, though not a joint one. This fact is stated in the brief preface; the idea of the authors is simply to make a comprehensive general text book covering the whole field of nervous and mental disorders in such a way as to afford the student or practitioner a fair general view of these affections as they are recognized at the present time. In this, both authors appear to have succeeded, and their work will be accepted as a useful and satisfactory text-book.

There are very few points calling for any criticism of the work as designed for its purpose. The attempts to lay down absolute diagnostic distinctions between paresis and brain syphilis and neurasthenia is in accordance with common usage, but it always seems to us as useless and liable to confuse or lead to false diagnosis in some

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