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April 1958

Nerves Explained.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(4):837. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260160161020

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Richard Asher has achieved distinction as a critic of the current medical scene, has brought many interesting insights to the average physician's view of patients, and has made many contributions to medical writings, distinguished for their thoughtful and provocative nature. In this little book, "Nerves Explained," which is addressed to laymen and physicians alike, he makes an excellent contribution to sanity and brings the warm glow of sympathy and common sense to medicine when it is beclouded by the stratospheric speculations of Freudian ideologists and fogged by the exuberant "discoveries" on the psychosomatically inclined clinical novices who too often think they are making discoveries when they are replowing already well-cultivated fields of clinical medicine. Even though fresh earth is turned up, it is the same soil in the same field. The plow now may be pulled by a tractor, but the essentials of clinical cultivation have not altered. If this

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