Of 187 patients with mental disease 62 per cent harboredL. acidophilus. The incidence of this organism was slightly higher in the functional than in the organic syndromes.
Of 21 non-psychotic adults, about one-half showedL. acidophilus.
There is no correlation between constipation and absence ofL. acidophilus in fecal specimens.L. acidophilus was found in two-thirds of the constipated patients with mental disease and in the same proportion of the non-constipated patients.
Shera's2 conclusion that constipation in the mentally diseased can be ascribed to a deficiency ofL. acidophilus is invalid.
KeywordsPublic Health Mental Disease Constipation Fecal Specimen Constipate Patient
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