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Profound hypoglycaemia is a rare event which has been described in seven cases of anorexia nervosa. A further case is reported here and the literature regarding this complication is reviewed. The major risk factors identified are body weight below 30 kg, a period of fasting and intercurrent...
The post-concussional syndrome (PCS) is a relatively common and potentially devastating condition. It may follow what seem to be quite trivial closed head injuries, as well as more obviously severe cases. Despite a considerable volume of clinical and research publications in the past 25 years,...
The functioning is described of a regional geriatric psychiatry unit with inpatient beds supplemented by an active community team. Data were collected on 100 consecutive patients admitted between November 1985 and July 1986. Eighty-seven per cent of patients were discharged during the course of...
We selectively review recent research findings in the field of psychoimmunology which test the hypotheses that immunological dysfunction may be aetiologically related to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, and that certain morbid affective states such as depression and other forms of...
Division 2 of Part X of the NSW Mental Health Act 1983 lays down a set of conditions which must be satisfied before electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) can be given. These provisions are too restrictive and would deny ECT to a considerable proportion of the patients who are most likely to benefit...
A survey is described of the number and distribution of all psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists in Australia and in New Zealand in 1987, with estimates of available psychiatrists over the next decade. Australia as a whole is not short of psychiatrists or of trainee psychiatrists, but has a...
Psychiatric taxonomies, always a little uncertain, are most confused and illogical when they endeavour to encompass the moral and legal aspects of human behaviour. The concept of moral insanity represented a step backwards when it came into being, but it has persisted for a century and a half,...
The social origins of laughter in homo sapiens , joking relationships and comic roles in both primitive and modern societies and reference group humour are all important to the psychiatrist in understanding the part played by humour in the social context presented by differing ethnic and social...
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