Chapter 5 - Diseases of the Brain and Nerves
A Picture of Perfect Health - Diagram
Muscles of the Neck and Face - Diagram 1
Muscles of the Neck and Face - Diagram 2
Internal View of Base of Cranium - Diagram
Cross-section of Head - Diagram
Base of the Brain - Diagram
Cross-section of Head - Diagram
View of Skull - Diagram
Introduction to Diseases of the Brain and Nerves
Inflammation of the Dura Mater
Inflammation of the Arachnoid and Pia Mater
Brain Fever
Softening of the Brain
Abscess of the Brain
Induration of the Brain
Tumors of the Brain
Delirium Tremens
Effects of Alcohol on Stomach and Kidneys - Diagram
Effects of Alcohol on Stomach and Kidneys
Enlargement of the Brain
Shrinking of the Brain
Water in the Head
Dropsy of the Brain
CerebroSpinal Fever
Diseases of the Spinal Cord
Inflammation of the Spinal Cord
Paralysis of One Side of the Body
Paralysis of Lower Part of the Body
Local Palsy
Shaking Palsy
Lead Palsy
Muscular and Nervous Derangements from Wounds
Locked Jaw
St. Vitus' Dance
Chronic Chorea
Pains of Nerves
Tic Douloureux
Dizziness of the Head
Locomotor Ataxia

5.61 Neurasthenia

NEURASTHENIA. (Nervous Prostration.)

Neurasthenia is a condition of the nervous system which by reason of excessive fatigue has become so exhausted that the working powers of the body do not act in their natural manner. What might cause a condition of Neurasthenia in a nervous person would not effect a slow going, phlegmatic person. On the other hand a condition severe enough to cause excitability and ungovernable irritability of temper in the latter might be sufficient to cause insanity in the former case.
It is in the high strung, nervous society woman or the overburdened business man that this trouble is prevalent.

Symptoms. A person afflicted with Neurasthenia may manifest it in its simpler form by excessive nervousness, irritability and general crankiness. In aggravated form by melancholia, conditions with gloomy forebodings, a desire to be apart from friends, the afflicted has headaches, is unable to sleep, has dizzy attacks or vertigo, loss of memory. Cannot concentrate attention for any length of time, and later on muscular and other weaknesses are noticeable.

Treatment. Complete rest, suitable food, proper stimulation and surroundings of improved hygienic and moral conditions. Massage, baths of different varieties, travel, light reading, release from trying cares, fresh air and change of occupation are necessary to effect a cure.

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