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Studies in senile nocturnal delirium

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    Senile patients suffering from nocturnal delirium were found to develop this delirium on being placed in a dark room during the day.

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    They were also found to suffer from severe impairment of their capacity to retain what they had registered.

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    It was suggested that their delirium may be based upon an inability to maintain a spatial image without the assistance of a repeated visualization.

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    Thirteen out of 16 of these patients when blindfolded showed a severe distortion of their spatial image within an hour. This supports the above hypothesis.

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From the Department of neurology and psychiatry, Albany Medical College, Albany, N. Y.

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Cameron, D.E. Studies in senile nocturnal delirium. Psych Quar 15, 47–53 (1941). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01613953

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Keywords

  • Public Health
  • Severe Impairment
  • Dark Room
  • Spatial Image
  • Severe Distortion