Medicine: Thyroid & Emotions

Psychiatrists who have noted that thyroid gland disorders may go hand in hand with mental illness have been baffled in their efforts to chart precisely which disorders produced what effects. A Manhattan group last week made a promising progress report to the American Psychiatric Association concerning triiodothyronine (known as "T3" among hormone specialists), by far the most potent of all thyroid hormones and their derivatives.

At the New York Hospital's Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic, Dr. Frederic F. Flach. working with the Sloan-Kettering Institute's Dr. Rulon W. Rawson, gave T3 to 24 patients kept...

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