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May 17, 1941

Bacteriology in Neuropsychiatry: A Survey of Investigations Concerned with the Specific Role of Infectious and Immune Processes

JAMA. 1941;116(20):2352. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820200122040

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Rarely has there been less excuse for darkening the pages of a book than the contents of this monograph. Most of the book consists of a superficial summary of a little of the related literature. The discussion of the more common infectious diseases of the nervous system, such as syphilis, meningitis and brain abscess, is surprisingly inadequate whether regarded from a clinical, pathologic or bacteriologic point of view. The relationship of some other sections of the book to the nervous system is not established by the text. In chapters XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, xxvi and XXVII, on focal infection as a possible etiologic agent (in the functional psychoses), autointoxication as a possible etiologic agent, tuberculous bacillemia in schizophrenia, filtrable forms of the tubercle bacillus in schizophrenia, toxins in schizophrenia, bacteria toxins and allergens as possible etiologic agents in epilepsy, and special properties of the blood and serum of psychotic

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