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April 1950

Dementia Praecox. The Past Decade's Work and Present Status: A Review and Evaluation.

Arch NeurPsych. 1950;63(4):678-679. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310220145014

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Abstract

This book is based on a review of all the papers published on dementia precox, as listed in the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus for the ten year period from 1936 to 1946. In all, the bibliography consists of about 3,200 papers, in a variety of languages. In preparing this review, an abstract was made of each paper. This material was then organized in the form of the present book. The book, however, is not just a blackboard for recording work that has been done. An effort is made also to take stock of what the accumulated information seems to add up to.

The book comprises twenty chapters. There are chapters on etiology, pathogenesis and pathology, diagnosis and symptomatology, physiologic studies, psychologic studies, the shock therapies (five chapters), somatic therapies, psychotherapy, prognosis, complications, prevention and dementia precox in childhood. In each chapter the author presents brief abstracts of the papers which

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