neurasthenia

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nervous breakdown (not in technical use)

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Nervous Exhaustion is more medical in tone, American Nervousness more speculative.
These dicta prepare for the vast range of symptoms in the opening chapter of American Nervousness.
The category of neurasthenia, though introduced by Beard as a specifically American nervousness, quickly proved to have wide appeal in Europe, too.
Gosling, Before Freud: Neurasthenia and the American Medical Community 1870-1910 (Urbana, 1987); Tom Lutz, American Nervousness, 1903: An Anecdotal History (Ithaca, 1991).
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