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A hundred years ago
23 Jun 2016
WITH SIR CLIFFORD ALLBUTT as its high priest, bleeding, with restraint, is in the process of coming by its own again. I first heard Sir Clifford Allbutt speak in praise of blood-letting in 1907, and I find this view confirmed in his recently published book. Blood letting has been advocated during the last fifteen years by those best qualified to speak of it from experience, namely, the general practitioners. However, they speak furtively, shamefacedly, and in the fear of the pseudo-scientific superman. These gentle counsellors have been assailed with such vociferous energy by the pseudo-scientist, that their timid voices have scarcely been heard.
23 May 2016
As soon as the acute stage has passed off, usually in a week or two, it is inadvisable to prolong the Weir-Mitchell treatment. The course usually prescribed is six weeks, but this is, in very many cases, harmful. The ennui and monotony are prejudicial, and will engender a feeling of helplessness, feebleness, and dependence upon others. I believe the majority would be far better to begin in a fortnight or three weeks to interest themselves in some pursuit or hobby. It is an interest in life that these people need. This will prevent them from drifting into the chronic stage from which it is so difficult to remove them. In neurasthenia, it is the person rather than the disease that demands treatment.
The Practitioner 2009 – 253 (1724):10
Abstinence from alcohol associated with anxiety and depression
15 Dec 2009
A large, prospective, population-based study has shown that people who drink no or little alcohol are at increased risk of anxiety and depression. Data on a sample of 38,390 people taking part in the HUNT study, in Norway, were analysed. Subjects filled in a questionnaire on alcohol intake which was based on the amount of alcohol consumed over the past two weeks. Anxiety and depression were measured using HADS. 'While the study demonstrates an association between low alcohol consumption and symptoms of anxiety and depression, limitations of the study mean that the causality of the relationship cannot be addressed. Possible causes discussed include a direct protective effect from moderate alcohol consumption, that mid-range drinking habits may be a consequence of psychological wellbeing in cultures where some alcohol consumption is the norm, and confounding from a range of social factors.'