Infectious insanities, surgical solutions: Bayard Taylor Holmes, dementia praecox and laboratory science in early 20th-century America. Part 1

@article{Noll2006InfectiousIS,
  title={Infectious insanities, surgical solutions: Bayard Taylor Holmes, dementia praecox and laboratory science in early 20th-century America. Part 1},
  author={R. Noll},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  year={2006},
  volume={17},
  pages={183 - 204}
}
  • R. Noll
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine
  • History of Psychiatry
After his 17-year-old son suddenly developed a chronic psychotic illness in 1905, Bayard Taylor Holmes (1852–1924), a Chicago physician and surgeon with no psychiatric training, conducted both library and laboratory research on dementia praecox, as described in Part 1 of this two-part study. By late 1915 he believed he had found support for a focal infection theory of its aetiology – an ergot-like toxaemia caused by faecal stasis in the caecum. Holmes was also the editor of what is believed to… Expand
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