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January 1927

Psychic Residuals of Epidemic Encephalitis in Children, Especially the Further Development of These Cases.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;17(1):149-150. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02200310156015

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Thiele reports the observation over several years of twelve cases of epidemic encephalitis in children who showed psychic symptoms following the disease. He believes that the psychosis is well defined and easily differentiated from most other psychoses. Very full case histories are given, from which the conclusions are drawn.

Restlessness is an outstanding feature in all cases. The pseudovoluntary movements are so irregular that in some cases they resemble choreiform activity rather than psychomotor hyperactivity. This activity seems to be in the nature of a compulsion that does not bring contentment to the patients, of which they are aware, and dislike, but of which they feel the urgent necessity. Most of the action is without motive, such as the impulse to pick up everything and immediately put it down. There does not seem to be a tendency to steal. Probably this is on account of the fluctuating and very superficial