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March 13, 1937

Research in Dementia Praecox (Past Attainments, Present Trends and Future Possibilities)

JAMA. 1937;108(11):913. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780110061025

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The author spent a year in the service of the thirty-third degree Masons, investigating investigators of dementia praecox for the purpose of adequately distributing a large sum of money set aside by the Masonic order for research in dementia praecox. The fact that the majority of the sum available was allocated to the members of the advisory committee for the continuation of orthodox psychiatry, already languishing under their direction for some decades, might have been compensated for by this survey of existing research ventures in this country. The first chapter indicates the polarities of organic and psychologic points of view and pleads indirectly for a more unified concept of the problem. Then follow utterly useless correlations of the published works from many countries, classified into respective fields of science and variations of approach. There are then five chapters concerned respectively with clinical features, etiology, alterations in structure and structure function

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