Cases of hysteria are occasionally met with in which the principal symptoms arc found in the joints, the hip being most likely to be affected. The patient complains of great pain, tenderness and stiffness of the joints, yet there is no swelling or any other indications of inflammation.

The Treatment of Hysterical Joints

The treatment of this affection consists in the removal of the cause of the nervous disorder of which it is a symptom. Improvement of the general health, and especially the removal of any existing local disease, particularly disorders of the womb in women, is of first importance. Alternate hot and cold applications, and the employment of galvanism, are the best local measures to employ.

The patient should bo encouraged to make efforts to use the affected limb as much as possible. In some cases, the splint may be used to advantage.