The mind of the injured man / by Joseph L. Fetterman, Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Fetterman, Joseph L., 1897- [Browse]
Chicago, IL : Industrial Medicine Book Company, 1943.
x, 260 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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"To understand apoplexy there must be gauged the heart, the blood vessels, and the nervous impulses implementing both. Nor can one understand the degeneration of spinal tracts, if one be unaware of the parts played in their production by ancient gall-bladder diseases, producing an absence of free hydrochloric acid in the gastric juice; thereby removing an antiseptic "trap" to abnormal bacteria, and intoxicating the organism by these now dwelling in the lower gut. There is need, too,--and in this book it is shown,--for perception of orthopedic surgery and embryology. Lacking the first, the neurologist would be at a loss to appraise properly the extrusion of an intervertebral disc by a sudden ill-adjusted muscular effort, and without the second he would know little of a hemorrhage into an already existing syringal cavity in the spinal cord, and nothing of the activation by a blow, of a testicular teratoma. But the work of this book, which is so simply phrased, goes beyond the gross features of the machine. An attempt is made to explain the springs,--unconscious and conscious,--of the aberrations of function caused by hysteria on the one hand, and malingering on the other; the author has discovered, as well, that the outlook for recovery of an injury of the football field is a good deal better than that of an injury sustained when at work, through slipping on a soapy stairway. For, as I once defined a "compensation neurosis" to a truculent attorney who begged for punishment: "It is a state of mind, born out of fear, kept alive by hope,--and stimulated by lawyers." The author too has weighed well the role of coincidence in the allegation that injury, major and often minor, can precipitate long-distant and far-reaching chronic results"--Foreword. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved).
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [239]-250) and index.
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Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement.
  • Introductory material
  • Functional anatomy of the central nervous system
  • Functions of the brain with some psychologic considerations
  • Diagnosis
  • Early anatomic changes and associated symptoms in head injury
  • Late anatomic changes and associated clinical states in head injury
  • Psychoses
  • Paresis, tumors, and certain infectious and degenerative states and the relation of trauma to them
  • Traumatic lesions of the spine and spinal cord
  • Traumatic lesions of cranial and peripheral nerves
  • Miscellaneous conditions : traumatic lesions of the pituitary gland ; injury to the nervous system by physical and chemical agents
  • The symptoms of neuroses
  • The mechanism and meaning of neuroses
  • The neuroses associated with trauma
  • Malingering and psychopathic personality
  • Treatment
  • Medicolegal considerations
  • Neuroses of war.
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