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April 4, 1914


Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Ophthalmologist to the Government for the Insane

JAMA. 1914;LXII(14):1085. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560390025012

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The following unique case was called to my attention about three months ago.

E. J. H., aged 30, a native American, soldier, unmarried, was admitted to the Government Hospital for the Insane April 2, 1909, with dementia praecox. His previous history was unimportant; he had completed grammar- and high-school courses and two years in a university.

The patient entered the army in 1900. During the year 1908 he showed evidence of lack of attention and inability to do his work properly. He became very much depressed and "blue"; was worried about his mental condition, homesick, and anxious to return home. He became careless of his personal habits, was forgetful and unable to perform simple duties. He stated that previously people had called him insane.

Since his admission to the hospital his condition has remained about the same. When admitted his pupils reacted to both light and accommodation. A history note

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