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May 1930

Genetal Paralysis and Its Treatment by Induced Malaria.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;23(5):1096. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220110262025

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The preface of this report contains a most interesting historical consideration of dementia paralytica from the earliest times until 1922 by Hubert Bond. The body of the report contains some interesting statistics. In England in 1923, there were 624 paretic patients admitted to hospitals for mental diseases, of which 90 per cent were dead and 8 per cent were living in the asylums in 1927. Of the 2 per cent, only two persons are able to work. In 1924, the fate of untreated patients was little better. After five years of malarial treatment of 1,597 patients only 33 per cent were dead, 40 per cent were in hospitals and 25 per cent were discharged. Even of those still remaining in hospitals about 36 per cent were improved while another third had not progressed. Other than these interesting statistics, this brochure contains no new information.