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A hundred years ago
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.
Number of heavy smokers fall after smoking ban
29 Mar 2009
There was a significant drop in those smoking 20 cigarettes a day or more following the ban on smoking in public places in England, a survey has found. However, there was no change in the overall number who smoked. The authors carried out a postal survey of 3,500 people in Bury, Lancashire before, and three months after, the smoking ban came into force in 2007. Participants were randomly selected using the PCT database. 'Although primarily designed to reduce the health risks associated with second-hand smoke, it was also hoped that the 2007 legislation might motivate smokers to give up. It may disappoint GPs that the smoking ban did not bring about a significant reduction in the prevalence of smoking. However, it is encouraging that the number of heavy smokers fell.'