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BIOMETRICAL STUDIES IN PSYCHIATRY III. THE CHANCES OF DEATH
Walter Freeman
Am J Psychiatry 1928;85:425-441.
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St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, D. C.

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Based upon the study of about 1100 psychotic patients coming to necropsy in the past ten years, figures are presented to show graphically what has always been recognized, that individuals in their susceptibility to disease vary according to their psychologic responses. The preponderance of tuberculosis in the schizoid individual is contrasted with the susceptibility to carcinoma, chronic streptococcus infections and circulatory disasters in the extroverted individuals, particularly the paranoid. Methods of prevention of morbidity and mortality are suggested. It would seem possible to apply these preventive measures intensively to the groups to which they are best adapted.

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