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December 1925


Arch NeurPsych. 1925;14(6):819-823. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200180090012

Recently, a number of studies of basal metabolism in mental disease have been published. These studies have been undertaken mainly with the endeavor to clear up, if possible, some of the disputed points regarding so-called functional psychoses. Recent studies of the endocrine glands and their effect on the emotional life of the individual have caused many to wonder whether or not such studies will serve to explain some mental disorders concerning which there is so much controversy. The study of the basal metabolism is considered by many to be a test of thyroid activity. It is well to point out that basal metabolism is affected not only by the thyroid gland but by other glands of internal secretion, such as the gonads, the suprarenals and the pituitary, and that there are many other factors controlling basal metabolism which are but little understood. Sleep produces a lowering of metabolism. The question