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1907. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI GENERAL CONCEPTIONS OF MENTAL, AND
NERVOUS PATHOLOGY N the strength of an old dualistic prejudice
according to which the mind is regarded as something different from
the brain, a distinction has been made between mental and nervous
diseases. This was a most unfortunate error, and even to-day in the
public mind the notion of mental disease awakens visions of the
madhouse and the attendant's keys. Even severe cases of mental
disease are always referred to most na1vely as "nervous troubles "
by the friends of the patient; who are greatly offended if any one
ever uses the word insanity. Now to be sure we have no idea of
maintaining that every nervous disease bears the character of a
mental disease in the peculiar sense of the word. Yet the preceding
chapters must have made it clear to every one that every
disturbance of the central nervous system (even disturbances of the
eye or the ear) involves mental functions; though only a general
disturbance of the cerebral activity is able to seriously affect
the personality, the ego, as a whole. But the converse is
absolutely true: Every mental disturbance rests upon a disturbance
of cerebral function. Whether this disturbance is serious enough to
affect the man's responsibility in a legal sense, and his own
interests and the interests of society demand his confinement in an
asylum, is a question of purely administrative utility and has
absolutely nothing to do with the purely scientific conception of
mental and nervous disease. Very many people mentally affected are
at large and do not require to be confined. It should be clear also
from the first five chapters that diseases which affect only the
peripheral ganglia are scarcely regarded by the public as nervous
diseases at all; for at most they cause only ...
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