A Study of Kretschmer's Theory of Physical Types in The Psychoses

Martin, F. R (1927) A Study of Kretschmer's Theory of Physical Types in The Psychoses. MD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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SUMMARY 1. A review of the literature is given to indicate that sufficient evidence was found to justify further investigation into the subject of physique in relation to the psychoses. 2. The result of an examination of 100 cases under certification on the lines suggested by Kretschmer is reported. 3. It is indicated that difficulty was experienced in the practical application of the details of his classification. 4. The material is, therefore, arranged in three groups - Group A. Fat: Group B. Muscular: Group C. Lean. 5. 15 cases are placed in an indefinite group for various reasons. 6. The characteristics of the groups are described. 7. The measurements obtained are compared in tabular form. 8. As a result the conclusion is reached that no biological types exist but that there is some relation between metabolic processes and the type of psychosis. 9. Some reasons are expressed for the belief that this may depend on changes in the endocrine glands. 10. A suggestion is made that the findings contained in this thesis may be of immediate clinical value.

Item Type: Thesis (MD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Medicine, Mental health
Date of Award: 1927
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1927-81077
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2024 14:46
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2024 14:46
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/81077

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