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November 1931

The Treatment of Behavior Disorders Following Encephalitis.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(5):1115-1116. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230110213016

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To the neurologist a book that emphasizes treatment comes as something of a novelty. This book describes in a practical manner the way in which children with postencephalitic behavior disorders are managed in the department for mental and nervous diseases of the Pennsylvania Hospital. The school, which was opened in 1924, limited its membership to patients under the age of 12 with normal intelligence who had had encephalitis but did not have paralysis agitans. The survey covers a study of sixty-two badly behaved children; fourteen had no history of encephalitis; the other forty-eight were definitely postencephalitic.

In the first chapter, the authors give a description of the disease, which is simple enough for nonmedical readers and accurate enough for the neurologist. The concept of the behavior disorder as a continuation of the acute encephalitis is established. The second chapter is devoted to the histories of the children, but the reader