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October 18, 1958

PSYCHOSIS RESULTING FROM MYXEDEMA: REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

Boston

From the Department of Internal Medicine, Lahey Clinic.

JAMA. 1958;168(7):890-891. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.63000070001010
Abstract

In recent years, medicinal treatment of psychoses has attracted great interest on the part of the medical profession as well as the public. While attention has been focused on the use of new drugs which exert merely a palliative effect, it should not be forgotten that a specific remedy in pill form has been available for the treatment of one type of psychosis for over 70 years. The experience described in the following case report illustrates the importance of recognition and consistent treatment of this psychosis resulting from myxedema.

A 71-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital on a Saturday in late August, 1956. She had been an office patient at the Lahey Clinic on a number of occasions since 1951, when she came for help because of symptoms of diabetes mellitus. She had not been seen for nearly a year, and on this week-end her original physician and the

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