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June 9, 1900


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JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(23):1466-1468. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610230022001d

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The use of the rest cure as a method of treatment is rapidly increasing. "Retreats," "rest-homes," etc., are springing up in the neighborhood of cities in numbers almost rivaling the hospitals. In growing numbers patients with nervous complaints presentthemselves with a history of having "already taken the rest cure." Some of these have done so under professional advisement; others at their own discretion, or at the solicitation of friends. Some have been benefited, for without doubt it is a valuable resource in certain neurasthenic states. Some have escaped with no unpleasant effect other than an irksome sequestration; while others have returned with either a waning confidence in the judgment of their physicians, or a firmly fixed belief that their ailments are beyond the comprehension and reach of ordinary medical skill.

Considering the ill-defined scope of the term "neurasthenia," and the inexactness with which text-book and journal writers prescribe the rest

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