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June 1938

SYMPTOMATIC PSYCHOSIS IN A CASE OF SECONDARY ANEMIA

Author Affiliations

Denver

From the Colorado Psychopathic Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1938;39(6):1294-1301. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1938.02270060184011
Abstract

Recent observation of a patient with symptomatic psychosis due to chronic posthemorrhagic anemia led to an investigation of the psychiatric aspects of secondary anemia. It provoked also a consideration of the differences, if any, between the psychoses encountered with pernicious anemia and the symptomatic psychosis experienced by our patient.

Considerable attention has been devoted in recent years to psychoses associated with pernicious anemia.1 It is not thought necessary here to review the extensive literature on the subject, as several recent articles,1h,j have done this adequately. Except for two recent authors,1l,m all expressed the belief that the psychoses associated with pernicious anemia are causally related to the physical disease. Preu and Geiger1k attempted to clarify the nosologic position of these psychoses. They discussed the diagnostic criteria of a symptomatic psychosis and expressed the belief that the symptomatic psychoses arising in association with pernicious anemia have been insufficiently

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