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September 12, 1914

THE PSYCHOSIS OCCURRING DURING THE COURSE OF PERNICIOUS ANEMIA

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(11):936-937. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570110038009

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Abstract

In reporting the two following cases I wish to call attention to the abnormal mental condition occurring during the course of pernicious anemia, not coming especially as one of the final complications of the disease. It is perhaps of little moment to see such a condition occurring as one of the late complications, but we infrequently read in the literature of a well-defined psychosis making its appearance weeks and months previous to the death of the individual.

CASE REPORTS 

Case 1. (No. 8043).  — Male, white, aged 52, farmer. Admitted to the Columbus State Hospital Dec. 24, 1912. Commitment papers state that the "onset has been gradual, that he is suffering from pernicious anemia with peripheral neuritis, is at times excited and dangerous, threatening to kill different members of the family. Has hallucinations and thinks that different persons were trying to kill him. Is insanely jealous of his wife; at

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