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April 1936

GALVANIC SKIN REFLEX AND DANIELOPOLU TEST IN PSYCHONEUROTIC PATIENTS

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;35(4):770-775. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260040078004
Abstract

Many workers are engaged in the study of various physiologic reactions in psychotic patients. Relatively little investigation along these lines has been done in psychoneurotic patients. This is particularly regrettable as one is frequently confronted clinically with patients whose symptoms depend on a mixture of organic and psychogenic factors. Furthermore, many physicians without psychiatric orientation are inclined to question the reality of symptoms if the etiologic factor cannot be found at autopsy.

Recent studies on the galvanic skin reflex1 led us to the conclusion that a decreased electrical resistance of the palm and a decreased absolute galvanic reaction occur in psychoneurotic patients in whom anxiety is clinically the outstanding feature. The value of this concept would be greatly enhanced if accurate information were available with regard to the physiology of the galvanic skin reflex. It is known that the reflex has a close relation to sweating, but unfortunately the

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