[Skip to Navigation]
September 1946

PRETRAUMATIC PERSONALITY AND PSYCHIATRIC SEQUELAE OF HEAD INJURY: Correlation of Multiple, Specific Factors in the Pretraumatic Personality and Psychiatric Reaction to Head Injury, Based on Analysis of One Hundred and One Cases

Author Affiliations


From the Neurological Unit of the Boston City Hospital and the Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School.

Arch NeurPsych. 1946;56(3):245-275. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1946.02300200002001

THIS paper is a study of the relationship between multiple specific factors in the pretraumatic personality and the psychiatric sequelae of head injury.

In part I1 of the study I presented the results of a correlation of the categorical pretraumatic personality and the general psychiatric reaction to head injury of 200 patients. Each patient in that series had been given a categorical classification of the pretraumatic personality under one of the following ten headings:

  • Normal personality

  • Psychopathic personality

  • Neurotic personality

  • Personality variant

  • Normal personality except for general nervousness

  • Mental deficiency

  • Neurotic traits in childhood

  • Behavior problem (childhood and youth)

  • Psychotic behavior

  • Pretraumatic personality unknown

Comprehensive personality classification is common practice in psychiatry, as in general medicine and neurology. It was recognized, however, that such a general personality classification might be inadequate in contributing information regarding the etiologic factors in the psychiatric sequelae of head injury. In part I1

Add or change institution