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CHAPTER XL MASSAGE IN NEURALGIA AND PERIPHERAL PARALYSIS. ' The same nerves are fashioned to sustain, The greatest pleasure and the greatest pain." In neuralgia of milder form, and in what seemed to be the incipient stages of more severe attacks, as well as in old cases of neuralgia where everything under the sun had been exhausted but massage, this has been tried, and it has not been found wanting in favorable results. Used between the paroxysms of severe neuralgic pains, massage generally lengthens the intervals between the attacks and lessens the severity of these when they come on. In all of the cases which I shall refer to where massage was employed, other means, constitutional and local, had not been neglected, and it was usually after the apparent failure of these that this measure was brought into use. Pain arising from disturbance in the central nervous system is, as we have seen, frequently relieved by massage, whether this has any effect upon the cause of it or not. How much more effectual then ought manipulation to be in peripheral neuralgia, where the affected nerves can be reached ? If the view of t '£--' Auotin be accepted, which would explain every neuralgia arising with or without apparent cause, that it consists in atrophy of the posterior roots of the spinal nerves in which the pain is felt, and of the neighboring central fibres and ganglionic cells, we must conclude that the sedative effect of massage reaches far beyond the region of its application. The opinion of Benedict that at least all peripheric neuralgiae are due to slight neuritis does not necessarily conflict with that of AusfcJs. Either or both conditions may be present, but slight neuritiswould be the more encouraging for the employment of massage. Evidently the less neuralgia is dep...