The Oxford Clinic for Nervous Disorders first came into official being in the beginning of 1918, when the Committee of the Radcliffe Infirmary did Dr. W. McDougall and myself the honour of appointing us as Physicians-in-Charge of this department, and asked us to organise and run it. It was started with an outpatient department one afternoon a week and was entitled the Department for Nervous Disorders. This term was chosen as it was hoped that it would induce all classes of nervous cases to apply for treatment. Particularly for those cases which show mental symptoms was this title chosen, in the hope that such patients would come to the clinic without feeling they were being specially branded as “mental.” Opportunity would be given for treatment, and possibly improvement or even cure might be effected, and thus certification, which every one of these cases most dreads, could be avoided.
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