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April 1938


Author Affiliations


From the Subdepartment of Neurology of the Johns Hopkins University.

Arch NeurPsych. 1938;39(4):764-770. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1938.02270040120006

This study began with the observation of a boy aged 11 years, who was seen because of epileptic attacks. During the examination the patient was almost constantly in motion, darting about the room and handling most of the available objects for a few moments each. His attention could be held for only very short periods. An older sister, who had brought him, told of his excessive appetite. His breakfast, for example, usually consisted of four large bowls of cooked cereal with milk and sugar, six slices of buttered bread and a cup of coffee with milk and sugar. In spite of this intake of food, the boy had always appeared mildly undernourished. His intelligence quotient, as determined by the Stanford revision of the Binet-Simon test, was 54. The combination of restlessness, morbid hunger and mental defect recalled the behavior of animals in which experimental lesions have been made in the

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