In a study of the clinical diagnosis of status lymphaticus based on the physical findings in 1,000 male patients in the alcoholic wards of Bellevue Hospital in New York, I noted1 that among the patients referred to these wards were frequently to be found border-line cases, which on further study were properly classed as psychopathic cases instead of individuals of normal mentality who were toxic and irresponsible as a result of narcotic or alcoholic drug addictions.
Among these psychopathic patients, cases of dementia praecox were common, and in seeking an opportunity to study a larger group of such cases with a view to determining the incidence of status lymphaticus, I obtained permission through the courtesy of Dr. Wm. Mabon and the resident physicians at the State Asylum at Ward's Island to examine such inmates as were definitely classed as having dementia praecox.
No cases of doubtful diagnoses were
EMERSON H. NOTE ON THE INCIDENCE OF STATUS LYMPHATICUS IN DEMENTIA PRAECOX. Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1914;XIV(6):881-882. doi:10.1001/archinte.1914.00070180114008