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March 1932

Sur l'activité spontanée normale et pathologique.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(3):754. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230150270016

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In a pamphlet of seventy pages the author puts together the literature and results of a study of the very important and interesting problem of the total activity of the entire animal and of the entire man, the maintenance of psychobiologic behavior and the activity necessary to escape ennui and to establish a sense of comfortable self-feeling, self-justification, mastery of difficulties, etc. He reports the American work of Richter and Wang of the Phipps Clinic and others, showing the rôle of the motility of the empty stomach as a starter and regulator of the total activity, the effect of various endocrine glands and of the ingestion of phosphates, etc., and the grouping of the observations in psychopathic states and the possibility of regulating the overactivities (mania), the underactivities (depressions) and the dysactivities (simple or schizoid or paranoic). Utilizing the experimental data, he tries to regulate the hunger contractions of the

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