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January 1929

BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN ENCEPHALITIS: A CLINICAL STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BEHAVIOR AND THE ACUTE AND CHRONIC PHENOMENA OF ENCEPHALITIS

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;21(1):137-144. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02210190140008
Abstract

My object in the clinical study here presented is three fold: (1) to analyze the initial symptoms and signs in those cases of epidemic encephalitis which terminated in behavior disorders; (2) to review the conduct deviation itself in regard to its frequency, extent, type and seriousness; (3) to determine relationships, if possible, between the behavior and the sex, age, type and time of onset, prominent clinical phenomena, delirium and late neurologic signs. The number of cases is too small to permit final interpretations, but at least some prognostic criteria as to behavior may be furnished.

CLINICAL DATA 

Material.  —The clinical material consisted of fifty consecutive instances of encephalitis in children (thirty-nine boys and eleven girls) ranging in age at the onset of the disease from 18 months to 16 years. The children have been under observation for at least five years, either in a special hospital for mental diseases or

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