New York: William Wood and Company, 1880.
198pp. 8vo. Publisher's green clotrh. VG Garrison-Morton 4846. Item #316209
Beard's significance in his field derives from his argument for the methodical study of neurosis, his efforts to end social condemnation of its sufferers, and his understanding of the connections between mental illness and social organization. Although some viewed Beard as a charlatan, disliked his egotism, and dismissed his theory of neurasthenia as well as his work on behalf of the insane, many others in his time admired his work and his vision. Rosenberg argued that by the early 1890s Beard's theories of neurasthenia ?had become part of the office furniture of most physicians? (p. 258). Even on his deathbed in New York City, Beard argued for the importance of his theories and reform efforts; he is reported to have said, I hope others will carry on my work? (Morton, page 134)."
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