June 1964

Psychogenic Psychoses.

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By Poul M. Faergeman, MD. Price, $8.50. Pp 280. Butterworth & Co (Publishers) Ltd., 88 Kingsway, London, W.C. 2, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(6):659-660. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720240113015

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The book is intended as a description and follow-up of psychoses following psychological stress.

The author has made a follow-up study of 170 cases of patients hospitalized in the psychiatric division of a municipal hospital in Copenhagen after 1924. Vignettes of the 170 cases are presented with follow-up notes as to the subsequent course. After each case presentation the author makes a conclusion and indicates whether the psychosis was certainly psychogenic, certainly schizophrenic, or uncertain. This is the meat of the book and constitutes its essential data, which is somewhat disappointing because the case material is not sufficiently clear to warrant some of the certainties that the author indicates he is capable of making. In a considerable number of cases follow-up studies revealed that there were probably schizophrenic symptoms with paranoid syndromes which were not psychogenic. The diagnosis of psychogenic psychosis proved to

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