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June 1958

Constancy of the Funkenstein Test

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;79(6):716-719. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340060114016

In the course of a study of the effect of electroshock treatment on various systems in the body, Funkenstein tests were routinely performed two weeks after the completion of a course of treatment and repeated two weeks later. It was observed that, although patients often fell into a different grouping on the second test, their clinical condition, measured by gross behavior, often did not reveal any significant change. The question arose regarding the degree to which changes normally occurred in the Funkenstein grouping. To find the answer to this question, the constancy of the Funkenstein test was studied by repeating the test every two or three days in a group of patients over a period of two to four weeks.

Although there is no formal report of experimental work on the constancy of the Funkenstein test, observations on this subject were reported in the discussion of the symposium on tranquilizing

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