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November 1959

Some Evidence of a Relationship Between Hodgkin’s Disease and Intelligence

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(5):477-479. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590050045005

It has been a recurring impression1,2 that patients with a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease seem to be more intelligent than average. However, no objective data on a representative group of patients have been reported in the literature. With this in mind, 408 partial or complete clinical records of Army personnel who had received the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s disease during the period 1942 to 1945 were studied for evidence of the general intelligence level of this group. Prewar occupation, which was listed in 209 of these records, was selected as most pertinent. In addition, as many of the Army General Classification Test (AGCT) scores of this group as were still in existence (97) were obtained by the Department of Physical Standards, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

Findings  1. Army General Classification Test.—The mean AGCT score for 97 white enlisted men with proved cases of