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AN ANALYSIS OF NINETY CASES OF FUNCTIONAL DISEASE IN SOLDIERS

JOHN M. SWAN, M.D.
Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1921;28(5):586-602. doi:10.1001/archinte.1921.00100170087005.
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In "The Wrong Twin," by Harry Leon Wilson, there is a character, a civil war pensioner, who seems of particular interest at the present time. Judge Penniman, whom Dave Cowan called "old Flapdoodle," had been granted a pension for his services in the Civil war. The Judge had been obliged to abandon all thoughts of a career. "He had been debarred by obscure ailments from active participation in our industrial strife." He could never perform the least work that required muscular effort; but he could always go to the harness shop for his game of checkers. He complained of sciatica and of various other painful symptoms, "neuralgia mebbe." He always had the most comfortable chair available and was peevish if anyone else took it; he always demanded consideration and sympathy from his wife, whose earnings as a dressmaker, and his daughter, whose pay as a school teacher, served to piece

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