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January 1938

INTELLECTUAL DETERIORATION IN THE PSYCHOSES

Author Affiliations

IOWA CITY

From the Iowa State Psychopathic Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1938;39(1):68-81. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1938.02270010078008
Abstract

In the present communication we shall report the results of the first of a series of clinicopsychologic investigations into the problem of intellectual deterioration in the psychoses. The designation "clinicopsychologic" is used purposely, implying a combination not only of resources but of practical needs. By this is meant that in attempting a study of the causes, nature and effects of deterioration one should, we thought, in addition to utilizing the means available for such investigations to both the clinical psychiatrist and the psychologist, be guided by the specific interests and goals of both. An adequate starting-point in a combined approach of this type is afforded by the work that has already been done on the subject, the most important features of which can be presented as follows:

To the clinical psychiatrist the problem of deterioration has always been of great, although predominantly practical, interest. Ever since psychiatrists have attempted to

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