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January 1951

VALUE OF CONVULSIVE THERAPY IN JUVENILE SCHIZOPHRENIA

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL LAKE, WASH.

From the Eastern State Hospital.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1951;65(1):54-59. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1951.02320010060007
Abstract

IN GENERAL, the occurrence of psychoses of any sort during childhood has been considered infrequent. Although classic dementia precox is thought of as a disorder taking its origin during puberty and adolescence, individual cases of this disease developing during the period of childhood are still reported as clinical curiosities. In recent years, however, with the growth of genetic-dynamic concepts in psychiatry, and with the emphasis on mental hygiene in child guidance clinics, increased interest has been manifested in the study of psychoses during childhood. More and more reports and monographs have appeared in the literature dealing with childhood psychoses, especially the functional psychoses, such as schizophrenia; and, in spite of the fact that psychoses in children and juveniles are still rarely diagnosed as such, childhood schizophrenia is now recognized as a definite clinical entity. This, according to Bender,1 "reveals pathology in behavior at every level and in every area

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