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TO WHAT EXTENT CAN THE GYNECOLOGIST PREVENT AND CURE INSANITY IN WOMEN?

W. O. HENRY, M.D.
JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(12):997-1002. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220380013001b.
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REVIEW OF LITERATURE.  The question of the relationship existing between pelvic diseases in women and insanity is one which has occupied the attention of the profession many years, more particularly since 1857, when Loiseau presented a thesis on the subject, "Sympathetic Insanity," which caused considerable discussion, and also since the paper by Hergt, in 1870, on the subject, "Women's Diseases and Disturbances of the Mind." Although from that time to the present the subject has been discussed to some extent in medical societies and through medical journals, even yet great difference of opinion exists among gynecologists and alienists. When I read a paper before the Nebraska State Medical Society in 1898 on the subject, "Relations of Insanity and Pelvic Diseases in Women," there was little sympathy expressed by the members of the society and my conclusions then given, which more extensive experience has served to confirm, were not received with

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