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October 17, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(16):871. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430940041005

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The common notion taught in all text-books and held as one of the axioms of practical psychiatry, that mania is the most hopeful and curable form of mental disorder, will receive a severe blow from the lately issued fifth edition of Kraepelin's "Psychiatrie." The author of this volume, one of the best known and admittedly one of the ablest of German alienists, has very largely remodeled his work, and it contains the latest and fullest results of a very wide experience, estimated with a thoroughly critical and competent judgment. His conception of mania is not essentially different from that generally accepted by authorities on mental disease, but he does not recognize it as an independent entity in his classification. All cases, according to him, especially those in the earlier and middle periods of life, before the downward slope of life has been reached, are properly to be referred to the

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