Always delicate from childhood and subject to frequent...

Always delicate from childhood and subject to frequent illness, I found myself at an early age, after a season of severe mental work, a victim of nervous prostration, combined with insomnia and dyspepsia. So much did I suffer that it seemed sometimes as if my mind would give way.

After several years I improved somewhat, with the use of medicine, but any extra exertion brought on the same trouble. Then came a severe illness, a surgical operation, and an accident which made me a cripple and partially paralyzed for several months.

As inability to sleep became unendurable, and as I stoutly refused morphine, my physician recommended a prescription which he called harmless, and its use was continued for a term of years without increasing the dose. But in time I became extremely nervous, irritable, thin, and haggard, and loathed the thought of being dependent on drugs for rest.

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