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A Science Odyssey

1900: Many people suffer from the stresses the industrial, urbanizing society, experiencing a variety of nervous disorders, such as insomnia, headaches, anxiety, and exhaustion. Some doctors think this is a disease they call "neurasthenia," and there are many patent medicines claiming to be cures. Some think that you are born with a temperament toward this condition, as are those who succumb to serious mental illness and are confined to asylums for the insane. A few doctors begin to look for a way to treat the mind, rather than the body, to cure these conditions.

Here are a few steps on the science odyssey from then to now, including links to activities and databank entries on this site.



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