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March 1927

Vagotonies, Sympathicatonies and Neurotonies.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1927;39(3):463. doi:10.1001/archinte.1927.00130030148018

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This book is the first to appear in French which gives a thorough and comprehensive explanation of the terms in the title, being an etiologic, clinical and therapeutic study of the various disturbances in the equilibrium of the nervous system, especially in the sympathetic and the vegetative nervous systems.

Beginning with the vagotonia of Eppinger and Hess, Guillaume points out that this condition corresponds to the general condition classified as neuroses, and that the term must be limited and modified to describe the actual vagus disturbance as seen clinically; he shows, further, the relationship and contrast between true vagotonia and sympathicotonia.

There follows a precise and minute description of the conditions clinically, of the methods of examination and the morbid states following these disturbances, indicating the principal causes, such as infection, intoxication and pathologic conditions of the endocrine glands. He also indicates the therapy directed not only to the cause,

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