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July 1929

BRIEF ATTACKS OF MANIC-DEPRESSIVE DEPRESSION

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;22(1):123-134. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02220010126011
Abstract

Although descriptions of manic-depressive depression are numerous, there are few reports of a form of the disease which is common and significant. I refer to attacks lasting from a few hours to a few days. The duration of attacks of manic-depressive depression as presented in the literature is usually from a few weeks to several months and even years. Strohmayer,1 however, reported that such disturbances may last for from a few hours to a few days. Stransky,2 Kraepelin,3 White4 and Rosanoff5 gave the minimal duration as a few days, but none of these writers considers such fleeting attacks as common or important. Bleuler6 said that "by way of rare exception individual patients have a tendency to complete their attacks in one or two weeks." In 1901, in a study of patients with cardiac, pulmonary and abdominal disease, Head7 described attacks of morbid depression

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