Infectious insanities, surgical solutions: Bayard Taylor Holmes, dementia praecox and laboratory science in early 20th-century America. Part 2

@article{Noll2006InfectiousIS,
  title={Infectious insanities, surgical solutions: Bayard Taylor Holmes, dementia praecox and laboratory science in early 20th-century America. Part 2},
  author={R. Noll},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  year={2006},
  volume={17},
  pages={299 - 311}
}
  • R. Noll
  • Published 2006
  • Medicine
  • History of Psychiatry
Part I of this article on Bayard Taylor Holmes (1852–1924), a Chicago physician and surgeon, detailed his laboratory research on dementia praecox and his presumed discovery in 1915 of evidence in support of a focal infection theory of its aetiology. In May 1916 he began to experiment with a rational therapy based on this theory: abdominal surgery and daily irrigations of the colon. He operated first on his own son, who had been afflicted with dementia praecox since 1905, but he died four days… Expand
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