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As for myself, I was worn out, on the verge of nervous prostration, fit for nothing.
The Duke is greatly agitated, and, as to me, you have seen yourselves the state of nervous prostration to which the suspense and the responsibility have reduced me.
"Looks as if it had had nervous prostration, too." The, footpath turned the shoulder of a slope, through a thicket of rank rhododendrons, and crossed what had once been a carriage drive, which ended in the shadow of two gigantic holm-oaks.
A significant aspect of this view was the notion that patients were sufferers through no fault of their own and were experiencing a genuine physical breakdown, even though this could be explained only in terms as unspecific as nervous prostration. Electrical and other metaphors were often used to make sense of this condition.