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December 1957

The Effects of Taraxein on a Patient in Analysis

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;78(6):624-627. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330420084017

Introduction  Heath and co-workers have injected taraxein, a substance (protein fraction) obtained from the serum of schizophrenic patients, into nonpsychotic volunteers, inducing symptoms characteristic of schizophrenia. Most of the volunteers were prisoners in the Louisiana State Pententiary at Angola, La. This report will describe the effects of taraxein* on a resident in psychiatry who at the time he received the test material had been in psychoanalysis for one and a half years. He reported his reactions in the 175th session. This subject is a much better reporter of subjective feelings than any of the subjects heretofore used, and his verbalizations, because of the prolonged patient-doctor relationship, can be much more accurately evaluated.

Background  In a number of published articles and presentations now in press, Heath and coworkers have described their ideas concerning the etiology of schizophrenia.1-4 They believe, as do Rado and his co-workers,5 that it is a