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She had lost 50 lb of weight, from a "normal" 130 lb in the 7month period prior to hospitalization, and re- ♦Requests for reprints should be addressed to Anthony T. Schnurer, Behavior Therapy Clinic, Observation II, Room 100, Harriet Lane, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland 21205. 29 30 ANTHONY T. SCHNURER, RICHARD R. RUBIN and ALEC ROY ported accompanying amenorrhea of 6 month's duration. Although she was ambulatory, her energy resources seemed limited, and she ap­ peared emaciated.

P. students (Geer, 1965). Selecting for low asser­ GAY (1975) An assertiveness inventory for adults, / . couns. tiveness by reference to the standard deviation PsychoL (in press). of the sampling distribution seems a promising GEER J. H. (1965) The development of a scale to measure fear, Behav. Res. & Therapy 3, 45-53. means of obtaining experimental subjects who MORGAN W. G. (1974) The relationship between ex­ resemble clinical patients. pressed social fears and assertiveness and its treatment implications, Behav.

Becoming more and more incapacitated by this behavior, she was unable to do her housework, and became very depressed. About 1 yr after her symptoms began she took an overdose of medication in a suicidal attempt, which was complicated by a pneumonia and led to a 12-week period in a psychiatric state hospital, after which she was given a trial period at home. However, at home Mrs. R. again began to wash her hands compulsively, and after approximately 2 months returned to the hospital in a state of depression and with a severe dermatitis of both hands.

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