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June 1973

Schizophrenia—Disease or Syndrome?

Author Affiliations

Seaforth, NSW, Australia
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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;28(6):863-869. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.01750360075011

The extensive literature concerning disorders which may sometimes be associated with a picture closely resembling schizophrenia is discussed. The results of a survey of such conditions in Victoria, Australia, mental hospitals are summarized, and several illustrative case histories described. The futility of attempts to distinguish at a given point in time between certain organic psychoses and schizophrenia itself is emphasized, and a proposed reclassification of schizophrenia into symptomatic and idiopathic types is again suggested. This is merely an extension of the idea of a number of prominent psychiatrists, but should prove of value in psychiatric thinking.