MARSHAL F. FOLSTEIN, M.D.; SUSAN E. FOLSTEIN, M.D.; PAUL R. MCHUGH, M.D.
To the editor: Dr. Jacobs and associates ("Screening for Organic Mental Syndromes in the Medically Ill," Ann Intern Med 86:40-46, 1977) are to be congratulated for their attempt to solve an important clinical problem: the identification of cognitive defect in medical patients. We have been measuring cognitive defect since 1972 and have found our Mini-Mental State Examination (MMS) format useful in a variety of medical settings: rehabilitation hospitals, medical and neurological wards, intensive care units, cancer centers, nursing homes, retirement apartments, and senior citizen centers (1). Although the MMS was originally used in a psychiatric hospital, the authors' statement that
FOLSTEIN MF, FOLSTEIN SE, MCHUGH PR. Cognitive Defect in Medical Illness. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:827. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-6-827
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(6):827.
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