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February 1924

SEX DEVELOPMENT AND BEHAVIOR IN FEMALE PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA PRAECOX

Author Affiliations

Associate in Internal Medicine, Psychiatric Institute, Wards Island NEW YORK

Arch NeurPsych. 1924;11(2):179-194. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1924.02190320073007
Abstract

Many patients with dementia praecox present a variety of symptoms that are definitely sexual in nature, and various theories have been advanced in an effort to explain dementia praecox as essentially a sexual disorder, either mental or physical. The observations to be presented here are part of a study of the sex factor from the standpoints of biologic psychology and physiology. This work has not been inspired by any particular sex theory. It has seemed better at present, especially from the standpoint of research, to consider the sex factor somewhat separately, with the hope of understanding better the origin and nature of the definite sexual manifestations. The necessity is thereby avoided of requiring the observations to explain the entire psychosis.

No preconception has been accepted as to whether the sexual manifestations themselves are primarily psychic or primarily physiologic in origin and nature. It is being more and more recognized that

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