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THE STRESS OF MODERN CIVILIZATION AS A FACTOR IN THE CAUSATION OF INSANITY.

THE STRESS OF MODERN CIVILIZATION AS A FACTOR IN THE CAUSATION OF INSANITY. In presenting a few thoughts upon this subject, I desire not to be exhaustive, but to present points merely for your consideration. The author does not claim the stress of modern civilization to be an exclusive factor in the causation of insanity, yet one which should not be dismissed without consideration. He believes that it is the most intimately associated with the formative period of life; that it is a causative factor in the development of neurotic temperaments. Instead of modern culture making the masses more resistive and better qualified for life's battle, in many instances, by reason of over-stimulation and faulty cerebral development, it tends to weaken the inhibitory qualities of the brain. We are told that man in uncivilized life has but one source of pleasure, viz.: The gratification of his animal desires and passions. In his ultra civilized state, however, we find him possessed of another and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

THE STRESS OF MODERN CIVILIZATION AS A FACTOR IN THE CAUSATION OF INSANITY.

JAMA , Volume XXXI (24) – Dec 10, 1898

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1898 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1898.92450240018002e
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Abstract

In presenting a few thoughts upon this subject, I desire not to be exhaustive, but to present points merely for your consideration. The author does not claim the stress of modern civilization to be an exclusive factor in the causation of insanity, yet one which should not be dismissed without consideration. He believes that it is the most intimately associated with the formative period of life; that it is a causative factor in the development of neurotic temperaments. Instead of modern culture making the masses more resistive and better qualified for life's battle, in many instances, by reason of over-stimulation and faulty cerebral development, it tends to weaken the inhibitory qualities of the brain. We are told that man in uncivilized life has but one source of pleasure, viz.: The gratification of his animal desires and passions. In his ultra civilized state, however, we find him possessed of another and

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 10, 1898

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