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GENETIC FACTORS IN ONE HUNDRED CASES OF PSYCHONEUROSIS

DONALD GREGG, M.D.
JAMA. 1914;LXIII(22):1897-1898. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570220007002.
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The object of this paper is not to present any new genetic or etiologic factors for the psychoneuroses, or to claim any one genetic factor as the origin of these nervous conditions. It is merely to present an analysis of 100 cases which have been studied to see what genetic factors have been found to occur. Theories can be met and controverted, or strengthened and established, only with the help of statistical studies. What are needed to-day are statistics of cases by hundreds and thousands. This is my excuse for presenting the following study:

The cases were gathered from the records of the out-patient department of the Boston Psychopathic Hospital. Here the clinic has been a steadily increasing one since its opening nearly two years ago, until it now numbers over 100 new cases and over 400 old cases a month. The cases are of three classes: patients discharged from

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