29 April 2019

29th April 1869 - Neurasthenia first used

On 29th April 1869 George Miller Beard published an article in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal where he coined the term neurasthenia. It became an important diagnostic term for almost a century until superseded by today's terminology. Neurasthenia is a disorder of fatigue, physical or mental, that makes it difficult to carry on normal living. The term neurosis is nowadays used more.

Thanks to David Webb's book On this Day in Psychology for the date.

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