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Stoddart, W.H. (1922). A Psychoanalytic Study of Psychoses with Endocrinoses: By Dudley Ward Fay, Ph.D. (Nervous and Mental Disease Publishing Company, Washington 1922, pp. 122.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 3:400.

(1922). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 3:400

A Psychoanalytic Study of Psychoses with Endocrinoses: By Dudley Ward Fay, Ph.D. (Nervous and Mental Disease Publishing Company, Washington 1922, pp. 122.)

Review by:
W. H.B. Stoddart

This is a record of 22 cases of psychosis in which coincident endocrinosis was diagnosed and treated. Twenty are labelled schizophrenia, while the other two (a maniacal-depressive and an epileptic) presented schizophrenic features. Fourteen of the patients were hypothyroid, five were hyperthyroid and two were diagnosed as hypoadrenia.

From this contribution there appears to be no clear relationship between schizophrenia and any specific endocrine; but glandular therapy appropriate to each case met with some success (mentally) as long as it was continued. The patients returned, however, to their former mental condition when glandular therapy was stopped.

It is clear that the author possesses psycho-analytic knowledge and he attempted to analyze some of these patients—not, however, with much therapeutic success. Fellation, acknowledged or repressed, seems to have played a conspicuous rôle in about one-third of the cases.

We doubt whether this study has much scientific value. The patients were all psychotic, some for many years, and they were selected because they presented obvious symptoms of some endocrinosis. It would have been of much more scientific value to study the endocrinology of a series of selected patients suffering from some specific psychosis or the psychoses of a series of patients presenting some specific endocrinosis.

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