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December 1923


Arch NeurPsych. 1923;10(6):721-723. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1923.02190300118010

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We may well envy those who will be able to look back on the present-day discussions concerning dementia praecox with all the pretensions, presuppositions, and implications involved in these discussions. As one of the high points of the products along this line we might well consider the present monograph, as it makes capital of practically all the loose ends and gropings of psychology, neurology, and clinical speculation and generously touches the equally fertile territories of the doctrine of constitutions, of endocrinology and the Abderhalden ferment-doctrine, leaving very little for any possibly more comprehensive spirit.

The goal of Max Loewy is to point on the one hand to an "intermediary psychic layer" between Wernicke's somatopsyche and allopsyche and his autopsyche, and to find, on the other hand, a neurologizing equivalent in the cerebellar-striatal-frontal lobe system. Well read and with a very detailed range of familiarity with psychiatric observation, he indulges in

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