Medicine: Infected Brains

Schizophrenia, or dementia praecox, is a major form of insanity, characterized in general by a morbid, seclusive withdrawal from life. Various organic deficiencies have been studied in connection with schizophrenia. Last week Dr. Walter L. Bruetsch of Indiana University Medical School reported another schizophrenic link —this time to rheumatic infection of the brain. Autopsying 84 schizophrenic patients who died at Central State Hospital in Indianapolis, Dr. Bruetsch found that one in twelve had had rheumatic infections of the heart which also involved the brain, which showed inflammation and cellular deterioration.

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