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ETIOLOGY OF DEMENTIA PRÆCOX.

WILLIAM A. WHITE, M.D.
JAMA. 1906;XLVI(20):1519-1521. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510470033001k.
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A number of articles on this subject have appeared lately in the medical press, setting forth the general proposition that dementia præcox is a disease due to autointoxication. The arguments of the writers have been backed up by the results of chemical analyses, which, in many instances, have been gone into in great detail and very exhaustively.

It seems to me that the chemists have gone to great lengths to find a cause which is right at hand and. further, that they have been singularly short-sighted in their reasoning. Their results have been obtained from the, examination of cases acknowledged to be dementia præcox, and because they have found changes in the blood and secretions from which they can argue the development in the body of autotoxins they have presumed these autotoxins to be the cause of the disease. If these chemical changes had been found before the development of

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