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Lincoln and Chinese medicine

Here’s a surprising excerpt from Doris Kearn Goodwin’s phenomenal book “Team of Rivals“: “In Lincoln’s time, this combination of symptoms—feelings of hopelessness and listlessness, thoughts of death and suicide—was called hypochondriasis (“the hypo”) or “the vapours.” Its source was thought to be in the hypochondria, that portion of the abdomen which was then considered the …

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