Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 663–668 | Cite as

L. Acidophilus in patients with mental disease

  • Nicholas Kopeloff
  • N. Blackman
  • B. McGinn
Article

Summary

Within the limitations of the material, 208 subjects—and the methods under consideration, it has been found that:
  1. 1.

    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.

     
  2. 2.

    Of 21 non-psychotic adults, about one-half showedL. acidophilus.

     
  3. 3.

    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.

     
  4. 4.

    Shera's2 conclusion that constipation in the mentally diseased can be ascribed to a deficiency ofL. acidophilus is invalid.

     

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    Kopeloff, N., McGinn, B., and Blackman, N. The incidence ofL. acidophilus in adults. Jour. Inf. Dis. (in press).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicholas Kopeloff
    • 1
  • N. Blackman
    • 1
  • B. McGinn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BacteriologyPsychiatric Institute and HospitalNew York

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