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September 18, 1948

The Metabolic Brain Diseases and Their Treatment in Military and Civilian Practice

JAMA. 1948;138(3):251. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900030083041

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This treatise on the metabolic diseases of the brain and their treatment is primarily written for psychiatrists and discusses, in a rather unusual way, all forms of shock treatment for mental disease. The author feels that this work will answer two important questions. They are: 1. What is the pathophysiologic basis, if any, of the conditions known generally as the schizophrenic, delusional and affective psychoses? 2. What is the physiologic and chemical mechanism of the insulin and shock therapies? This book is the result of studies made on several hundred acute and typical cases of mental disease treated by the writer during the last five years. There are fifteen chapters starting with an introductory part and ending in a chapter on conclusions with a scheme of classification of mental disease and a bibliography. The author introduces an entire new scheme of disease nosology and classification which is less practical than

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