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A search of the literature in the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus for the past ten years fails to reveal any instance in which a splenectomized person has received therapeutic malaria in the treatment of dementia paralytica. In view of its apparent rarity, the following case is submitted.
REPORT OF A CASE
E. W. F., a white man aged 54, entered the Patton State Hospital on March 5, 1943 with the complaint of having undergone progressive mental deterioration, being irresponsible and showing loss of memory for the past seven years. He was born in England on April 21, 1888, and migrated to Canada in 1904. On Aug. 12, 1914 he enlisted in the Canadian Army. In May 1916, during a bayonet charge, he was crushed in a trench and his spleen was ruptured. An emergency operation was performed, and later, in July of that year, the spleen was removed.
Joseph Perlson. THERAPEUTIC MALARIA FOR A PATIENT WHO HAD UNDERGONE SPLENECTOMY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(2):137. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510080049015