nervous exhaustion

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Related to nervous exhaustion: nervous breakdown


Medical history
A condition described in the late 1800s as being uniquely American, believed to most commonly affect those who performed cerebral work (e.g., physicians, lawyers and inventors), which is now known as stress. Reported findings included a loss of interest in mental labour and heart disturbances. Neurasthenia was viewed as a reflection of the natural superiority of the American culture and a product of the progress and refinement of modern civilisation; treatments included cold water cures, diets, exercise, arsenic and many others.

nervous exhaustion

1. Nervous breakdown, see there.
2. Neurasthenia, see there.


George Miller, U.S. physician, 1839-1883.
Beard disease - Synonym(s): Beard syndrome
Beard syndrome - may be associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Synonym(s): Beard disease; nervous exhaustion
Beard test
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19) Among a long and rather bizarre list of the indicators of nervous exhaustion were, according to Beard, the early and rapid decay of teeth and premature baldness.
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