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February 15, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(7):532-533. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530330040005

It is highly gratifying to note the recent advancement which psychiatry has taken in this country under the inspiration of Kraepelin's teaching. It is hoped, however, that the science will be divested of its cant phraseology or that glossaries will be inserted in text-books to give the general practitioner more definite insight into the meaning of terms used which have been taken over bodily from the German psychologists. No one study is of greater moment in psychiatry to-day than the solution of the problem of dementia præcox. The real pathogenesis of this dementing disorder of adolescence would seem to depend in no small degree on physical causes. The evidence for its autotoxic character is steadily increasing since Marro advanced the theory in 1900. Thus the urine studies show very defective elimination, and fully one-half of the subjects of dementia præcox die of tuberculosis. Certain toxic dermatoses, such as erythemata, and

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