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October 1924


Author Affiliations

Senior Assistant Physician, St. Elizabeths Hospital WASHINGTON, D.

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;12(4):370-379. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02200040013002

The object of this paper is to bring forward an objective diagnostic symptom occurring in some of the psychoses. For many years, the need of objective symptoms as diagnostic aids has been felt, but so far few of these have been made available. Most of the symptoms now used in diagnosis of the psychoses are largely subjective, and if we look no further, our psychiatric knowledge must remain restricted. The outlook for the determination of objective signs in the psychoses becomes hopeful if one proceeds from the point of view of White,1 which emphasizes the importance of "considering the individual as an organism of the whole." This necessitates the study of the patient from all possible directions.

The subject to which I wish to draw attention in this contribution concerns the relation of the neurocirculatory system to the psychoses. Considerable work has already been done with both the pulse

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