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February 1942

CORRELATIONS BETWEEN PATTERNS OF BREATHING AND PERSONALITY MANIFESTATIONS

Author Affiliations

WALTHAM, MASS.

From the Fatigue Laboratory, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and Metropolitan State Hospital, Waltham, Mass.

Arch NeurPsych. 1942;47(2):265-270. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1942.02290020081007
Abstract

In 19371 it was suggested that there existed in a series of patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia a type of breathing which was characteristic of a considerable number of this particular group. Since that time further work has substantiated the observations previously recorded; this paper reports some of the corroborating evidence. It is based on the results obtained from a study of 59 Harvard undergraduates who served as subjects in an investigation by the Grant Study of Social Adjustment at Harvard University, on the observations on a group of Negro share croppers studied in Mississippi and on the measurements derived from 25 patients selected at random from those confined to a hospital for mental disease with a condition diagnosed as chronic schizophrenia.

METHOD  With the subject in a basal state the breathing was recorded on a Roth-Benedict apparatus. From the record thus obtained a representative 100 consecutive inspirations

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