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November 1933

Ergebnisse der Reiztherapie bei progressiver Paralyse.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;30(5):1188-1190. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240170240020

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This monograph, edited by Bonhoeffer and Jossmann, contains papers contributed by various writers. Jossmann summarizes the results obtained with Reiztherapie (irritation or stimulation therapy) in the treatment of dementia paralytica between 1922 and 1929 in various psychiatric institutions in Berlin. The material includes more than 2,200 cases. Clinical improvement was obtained in more than 40 per cent and practical cure in 23 per cent. No fundamental differences were noted between the therapeutic achievements by different methods of Reiztherapie. The reviewed material suggests that early treatment and nonadvanced age offer the best chances for remission.

One will find in Jossmann's article extremely interesting data in regard to various aspects of the problem of Reiztherapie: the relation between the therapeutic results and occupation; somatic, blood and cerebrospinal fluid findings, as compared to the therapeutic attainments, malaria therapy and psychopathology of dementia paralytica.

Kallmann emphasizes the usefulness of 1 per cent suspension of

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