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September 1928

Les Syndromes Mentaux (Fasicule I).

Arch NeurPsych. 1928;20(3):662. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1928.02210150222020

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This volume is descriptive psychiatry, pure and—not so simple. It inaugurates a comprehensive survey of mental diseases. Symptoms and symptom-complexes, says the author, form the best method of approach to the study of mental diseases on account of the paucity of anatomic and pathologic data that are the basis of classifications in other diseases.

Confusion is the topic under discussion in this fasiculus. The presentation is divided along etiologic lines, the natural history of the symptom as well as of the patient being traced from the onset to the conclusion. One would think from this that a different type of confusion existed for each etiologic agent, but the descriptions of the confusion are much the same throughout; only when the author turns his attention to other symptoms and signs do differences appear.

As a presenting symptom, confusion is frequent and important; as a subject for a book, confusion