Neurasthenia and Its Transformations in Western Psychiatry

  • R. H. Prince
  • F. Tcheng-Laroche


In 1869, New York neurologist, George Beard (1839–1883) published his influential paper on neurasthenia. In his introduction he remarks “The morbid condition or state expressed by this term has long been recognized...but the special name neurasthenia is now, I believe, for the first time presented to the profession.” Yet in the same year and independently, a paper entitled Observations on a Form of Nervous Prostration, (Neurasthenia) Culminating in Insanity was published by E. H. Van Deusen. It is evident that both authors were influenced by a common atmosphere of ideas and that the concept of “neurasthenia” was ripe for explicit formulation.


Childhood Trauma Atonicity Uterine General Adaptation Syndrome General Paresis Mental Depression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. H. Prince
    • 1
  • F. Tcheng-Laroche
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Department of PsychiatryMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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