A recent study1 of the organic functions in patients with schizophrenia made at the Worcester State Hospital in Massachusetts showed that persons with this psychosis present a deviation from the normal maintenance of a "steady state" in many bodily functions. The similar data obtained in the study reported here were gathered largely before the article mentioned was published. A comparison of the results of the two studies is interesting.
This study was undertaken at the Northern State Hospital. Data were obtained on fifty patients with schizophrenia in whose cases the diagnosis was unquestioned by the staff and who did not at the time of admission present definite evidence of a known organic disease other than schizophrenia. One exception was a man who proved to have mild hyperthyroidism. Another presented some evidence of an old, well compensated, inactive mitral lesion. Thirty-five of the patients were men, and fifteen were women.
MARQUART PB. SOME SIGNS OF ORGANIC DISORDER IN SCHIZOPHRENIA. Arch NeurPsych. 1935;34(2):280-288. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1935.02250200040004