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May 11, 1940

Ether-Soluble Plasma Phosphatides in Schizophrenia

JAMA. 1940;114(19):1953-1954. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810190115031

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After a brief report on earlier works on lipids in schizophrenia the author's aim is to determine whether any definite changes occur in the phosphorus values of the plasmaphosphatides in schizophrenia. The phosphorus values of the ether-soluble phosphatides have been determined with a "stufenphotometer" according to a modified Bloor technic. Normal data were obtained by investigating twenty male and female attendants who lived on almost the same diet as the patients. The normal values for the ether-soluble plasma phosphatides vary from 8.42 to 12.87 mg. per hundred cubic centimeters (women show slightly higher values than the mean value of 10.22). The type of build (pyknic, leptosomatic and so on) has no distinct influence on the values, although in the pyknic group the average values are slightly higher than in the other groups. The average phosphorus value for the plasma phosphatides in forty cases of acute schizophrenia is 5.49 mg. per

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