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The following case presents several features of unusual interest to the student of mental diseases. In the first place, it is a rather rare type of mental derangement, as I have found in reading the meager descriptions given in available texts; secondly, the etiologic factor is interesting as well as unusual; third, the duration of the attack, and last, the peculiar disappearance and abrupt recovery.
The patient in question, a German-American, was admitted Nov. 17, 1910. Examination showed a man of healthy appearance, though rather thin; age 38, height 5 feet, 11% inches, weight 160; pulse 68, regular and full; temperature 98.2; respirations 17; motor symptoms none; all functions fair. His hereditary history was negative—father and mother living and in good health; no history of mental trouble in collaterals.
The patient was quiet and unobtrusive; talked freely when addressed, and frequently mentioned soldiers, woodmen and doctors; would give his correct
J. W. MEEHAN. AN INTERESTING CASE OF CONFUSIONAL INSANITY. JAMA. 1911;LVI(3):179. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560030015006