Excerpt from Hospital Gazette and Archives of Clinical Surgery, 1877, Vol. 2: A Semi-Monthly Journal of Medicine and Surgery
IT would conduce greatly to a better understanding of the action of neurotics if it were borne in mind that they are agents which in each case affect only certain nervous functions. There is no neurotic in existence which affects the dei'viiiis system, that is, the whole of it, unless in the one way of causing death. In opium, for example, we have a drug which specifically inﬂuences more nervous functions, perhaps, than any other one agent that can be. Named; and yet, should we enumerate them all, they would constitute but a small number of the great multitude oi nervous operations. The nervous system can never be acted upon as a unit like a single muscle, which either contracts or relaxes, or even like a single organ, as the heart, whose action, as a whole, may either be stimu lated or depressed.
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