Psychodietetics deals with the relationship between diet and mental behavior. A number of diseases now definitely attributed to dietary defects or deficiencies cause mental symptoms. An outstanding example of this is pernicious anemia. Mental symptoms were mentioned by Addison who first described the malady in 1855. However, its psychological aspects have frequently been overlooked, even by physicians. There are important legal implications, e.g. wills. Description of blood findings and mental disorders. Importance of the fact that the mental symptoms may precede the typical blood picture. Description of nervous involvement. Treatment by dietary methods, liver, hog's stomach, etc. Prognosis, particularly with reference to the mental symptoms. Bearing upon psychological theory. The need for certain precautions in psychotherapy.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1933 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Fritz, M. F.
"Pernicious Anemia: A Study in Psychodietetics,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 40(1), 190-190.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol40/iss1/107