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NEW BRITAIN DAILY HERALD, TUESDAY, DECEMbi.il 27, 17.
DEMENTIA PRAECOX BEINGCiQUERED Authorities Declare No Case Is Now Considered Hopeless ' New Haven. Dee. 27 Dementia praecox. r.t ono time known as "adolescent insanity," for many years considered one of the most dreaded of mental disease because it was thought to be hopelessly in curable, is gradually being conquer ed, and psychatrists who have f uclied tins condition most exten sively now say that there is no case, no matter how malignant the symp toms appear to us, that is necessar ily hopeless, says Dr. Arthur H. Hug Kles. noted psychiatrist, writing in ".Mental Hygiene News," the official organ of the Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene. Dr. Ruggles la con sultant in mental hygiene, and lec turer in psychiatry at Yale Univer sity, and is acting medical director tor the Connecticut Society for Mental Hygiene. He is also direc tor of the Butler hospital at Provi dence, R. I. During the war he was consultant In neuro-psychlatry for England, later becoming medical di rector. T.ho French government awarded him the Croix do Guerre. "Since the description of dementia praecox about 1900 by the German psychiatrist. Dr. Kraepelin." Dr. Miggles says, "cases of dementia praecox have filled our mental hos pitals, have crowded our outpatient departments and have been prob lems in the community. Previous to 190ft this form of mental disease had been called adolescent insanity, this name being given it by the Scotch psychiatrist, Dr. Clouston. Not much was known about this adolescent in sanity except that it appeared dur ing the period of adolescence, was characterized by daluslons, halluci nations, srcluslveness and disorders of conduct. It usually progressed to a form of mental deterioration which was called dementia, Incapaci tating its victims for any work and rendering them a burden upon their family and community. With the very elaborate description of this mental disease about 1900 we learn ed that there were several types of dementia praecox and we were given a detailed description of the symp toms presented by all groups of cases and were told that the outlook was unfavorable and that only about one or two per cent, made sufficient improvement, to permit of their be ing In any degree socially useful. Study of Cause. With the development of the new er psychiatry which strives to under stand the causes rather than to des cribe symptoms, we realized that dementia praecox represented r faulty mental development in its vic tim and was characterized by a mental disturbance in which the sick person got away from reality and sought refuge in 'a world of fantasy and illusion; and because of this tendency to split oft from reality In to a world of unreality, Dr. Bleuler of Zurich suggested the name schizo phrenia. This may seem to the lay niana rather Jawbreaking term but to the medical men and women It does give a. better conception or what, takes place than the older terra which semed to indicate that a re quisite of the disease was always mental deterioration or dementia. "From 1 900 to about 1915, about forly per cent of the cases In our mental hospitals were diagnosed as dementia praecox. With a. more ac curate study of each individual case, the percentage of dementia praecox cases in our hospitals has diminish ed since 1915 until today only abcut twenty-five per cent are thus classi fied. This diminution in (he per centage has not been brought about by a disappearance of the disease, but. rather by more accurate study and better classification, because when the new name was brought out In 1900 and the masterful des cription given, many cases previous ly not classified were immediately put into it and many others suffering from congenital mental defects ncl from organic brain disease were put Jnto this classification and were only gradually taken from it by more in-t- nsive study. Say o Case Is Hopeless. "For years each family who had a young member afflicted by a mental disease had over them the .spectre of dementia praecox with Its unfavorable outlook and hopeless ness of treatment. Now we know that this mental process when recog nized early and its mechanism some what understood, can be In many cases treated so effectively that Its Mctims can be restored to a fairly normal degree of economic and so cial usefulness. And some of the psy chiatrists who have studied this con dition most extensively now go so far as to say that there is no case, no matter how malignant the symp toms appear to be, that Is necessar ily hopeless. Some of the cases at first presenting the most severe symptoms under treatment appear to do very well; on the other hand. certain cases beginning mildly in spite of all treatment do progress to mental dilapidation. However, the past ten years have given us a much better understanding of the begin ning of this disease and the mechan ism of its progress and with this in creasing knowledge we have ' been ntuch better able to effect a mental readjustment of these individuals so that now the diagnosis of dementia praecox, or the better adapted term of sehizopharcnia, does not as it used to, indicate hopelessness and chroni city, but rather gives to the doctor and nurse an opportunity to do con structive work and in an increasingly large percentage of cases to return the patients to their home and many times to their work. "The lesson that we should learn from this is to face fajrly and squarely the earliest evidences of mental diseases, seek at once skilled treatment and be encouraged by the fUTSand SCRATCHES V Stop the smarting and hasten the hfaliog by prompt application of Resinol hope that much may be done to al lay or remove the disease symp toms. To the doctor interested in mental disease, as well as to all physicians, we have in this mental disease which even today accounts for nearly 20,000 new victims goli.g into the mental hospitals of this country each year1 a challenge for early recognition, the institution of immediate skilled treatment and the hope in perhaps one-third of the cases of definite improvement or so cial recovery. And with an improve ment of our methods of treatment, with an Increased knowledge of the individual case, we may hope in time to wipe out a large part of the spectre of hopelessness and mental deterioration in an increasing num ber of these cases." To raise funds for church Im provements, the vicar of St. John's church recently played a hand or gan in London streets. FLASHES OF LIFE: ITALIAN FOLK ANXIOUS TO SEE POLI ONCE MORE New York Old folks in the main are able to take care of themselves. Of 14,815 persons over 66 years old interviewed in behalf of the Na tional Civic Federation only 20 to 25 per cent were dependent on rela tives or charity. While real suffer ing was found, many of those ques tioned had ample means. Turin, Italy The glad hand is ready for Sylvester Z. Poll, of New Haven, who recently sold his thea trical Interests for J30.000.000. At least 45 nephews and other relatives are ready to welcome the rich uncle In case he should revisit the scenes of his early labors In marble quar ries. Nashville, Tenn. The modern child is a far better speller than his forefathers in the opinion of Tro fessor Frank N. Freedman of the University of Chicago as expressed at a meeting of Scientists. The rea son la modern educational methods. New Tork Whether full advan tage was taken of the approach of leap year is not disclosed. At the most elaborate Christmas social af fair a huge cluster of mistletoe hung from the central chandelier la the ballroom of the Ttitz. It was at the debut of Miss Eleanor Post Hutton. There were three orchestras and a clown saxophone band for continu ous dancing. If one hesitated be cause of the mistletoe there was a room for bridge. Circle, Ala. The holiday mall was on time because of a Jewel of a driver of dogs. Hands and feet frozen when the mercury went to 5 8 below during his trip from Cha tanika, Driver Jewell weathered an extremely severe storm in interior Alaska. New Tork Various Broadway notables who struck the street pro pelled by a flying wedge of waiters are mourning John Dunston for 32 years the proprietor of Jack's res taurant It used to be considered a distinction to start something in his eating and drinking place because of the inevitable sequel. airplane, on the bases of the first public demonstration, might bo re garded as self-exploding. The motor, designed to propel the machine for a take-off before "vacuum energy" got to work on the propeller, blew up. injuring the Inventor, J. E. Nor-din. New Tork Datest indications are that experienced motorists In this state who are buying gear-shift cars for the first time will have to take examinations for licenses all over Jacksonville, I "la. The latest mode for northerners who prefer summer to winter Is to tome shop ping for houses by airplane. Mrs. Humphrey W. Chadbourne of New York set the style. Monett, Mo. A "self-cnerglzing" again. New Haven Elmer Rniffen of Norwalk, seriously Injured when auto turns over. Three others less seriously hurt. East Haven Two cottages de stroyed in raging blaze which sweeps Silver Sand's, beach resort. Hartford Rev. Dr. Alexander Ross Merriam, professor emeritus at Hartford Theological Seminary, dies after short illness. Bridgeport The Lockshire fam ily. 300 strong (count em) will gather here on New Year's night for reunion. New Haven Yale psychiatrist declares that science is gradually conquering dementia praecox long known as "adolescent insanity." Sferlden Dr. W. Harold Young of Bridgeport, and two others, have narrow escape from injury when their car turns over after crash with bus. auto crash. Mllford Body of Robert Cutler, missing man is found in deserted shore cottage. Middletown Anthony Pillarel died in Middlesex hospital following accident. William Carroll Is victim of auto crash dies in hospital. Bridgeport Mike hand, falls from drowns. McFall, deck freighter and Waterbury Coroner Ell Mix re leases two witnesses in Michael An driaccio case. Greenwich Stephen Mlsehley Is killed and Albert Quinn and Jo seph Sakala are serious injured In Hartford Policeman Francis A. Hyland is shot in leg while attempt ing to take gun from drunken man in brother officer's custody. 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