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December 30, 1905


Author Affiliations

Pathologist Central Hospital for the Insane. INDIANAPOLIS.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(27):2011-2013. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510270017002e

In the following case the woman was a patient at this institution under the care of Dr. Stockton, who makes the following clinical report:

Patient.  —The woman, aged 55, was admitted to the institution ten years ago. She had delusions of persecution, hallucinations of sight and hearing and was restless, sleepless, dull and melancholy.

History.  —Little is known regarding her life and condition previous to admission, but from what could be gathered from herself and from the commitment papers the indications are that she had led a dissolute, immoral life and that she was addicted to the use of morphia. From the time of her admission until the onset of her illness her physical health was good except for a moderate constipation which required the use of a mild purgative from time to time. Mentally there were no marked alterations, but she manifested some retardation of thought and occasional periods