Medicine: Screening the Skulls

If a psychiatrist could look inside his patients' skulls at will, he would rarely expect to see anything that would help him in treating their mental ills. Yet a radiologist urged last week that X rays be made routinely of the skulls of patients admitted to mental hospitals. His point: psychiatrists and other doctors might be surprised at what they find.

Reporting to the American Roentgen Ray Society, Dr. Ernest Kraft revealed that X rays of 1,000 patients arriving at the VA hospital in Northport, N.Y. revealed eleven tumors of the pituitary gland, which can upset the body's hormone balance so severely...

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