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December 10, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(24):1794-1795. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500240060009

While the term dementia precox was first used by Pick in 1891, to designate a group of cases of the juvenile insanities characterized by progressive mental deterioration, Kraepelin's name is chiefly associated with the modern clinical acceptance of the term. Dementia precox stands in some danger of losing its philologic significance through frequent reports of cases in adult life, and even in extreme old age. There are few physicians in or outside of asylum practice to-day who do not see frequent illustrations of the more or less classic types of Kraepelin's description. Indeed, about a fifth of all the insane admitted to asylum care are of dementia precox, hence the importance of knowing the nature and cause of this deteriorating mental disorder. Nor is science unaware of the pressing importance of the solution of this problem. Nearly every psychiatric journal contains researches into the etiopathology of dementia precox. Notwithstanding that

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