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July 1919


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1919;24(1):65-69. doi:10.1001/archinte.1919.00090240068004

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These notes on the duration of normal convalescence are the result of work that was primarily designed for the treatment of war casualties, especially those resulting from gas inhalation. It was hoped to reduce the period of convalescence for gas cases and to avoid the relative frequency of effort syndrome so conspicuous in the British army. In reviewing the first five thousand case histories, which are to be the basis of a report on the functions of convalescent camps, a sufficient number of different cases were found to warrant deductions and suggestions as to the optimum duration of the convalescence from peace time surgical and medical affections. Many of the neurasthenias and anxiety neuroses follow operations or acute infections, where the patient is allowed to return to the wear and tear of the usual activities of life after a relatively short period. It may well be that the prolongation of

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