Dementia praecox has been for many years the great unsolved problem in psychiatry. At present institutions for psychotic patients have a population of more than 400,000, and admissions seem to approximate 130,000 more each year. From time to time a glimmer of hope appears with the announcement of a new investigation which opens the path to a better understanding of some of the more serious psychiatric disorders and thereby the possible diminution of the number of patients demanding care. Thus the application of the results secured by Wagner-Jauregg has had a profound effect on the treatment of dementia paralytica. The time is yet too short to say with any certainty what will eventuate from the application of the use of insulin shock in the treatment of dementia praecox.
In a desire to be helpful in this field, where help is so greatly needed, the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite
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