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November 1922


Arch NeurPsych. 1922;8(5):585-586. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1922.02190170132009

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The various types of mental disorder are described in simple language under titles which conform in the main with those in conventional use. The style is didactic and consists largely of short paragraphs under appropriate captions which are practically definitions. The grouping of the material is founded on anatomopathologic concepts, the various clinical pictures being described as syndromes resulting from location and not from the nature of the lesion. Etiologic factors are therefore refused consideration in classification, with the consequence, for instance, that there is no group of alcoholic psychoses though the common clinical types are briefly described.

The disorders are divided into five main groups, the first two dealing with developmental defects or the results of damage in early life and the last three with the results of lesions acquired at a later period: 1. Defective mental development including idiopathic epilepsy, which is said to result chiefly from alcoholic

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