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September 1930

La folie et la guerre de 1914-1918.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(3):664-665. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220150227020

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Based on 25,000 observations, the report reviews the manic states, the melancholias, mental confusion and stupor, dementia praecox, essential systematized psychoses, delusions of interpretation and mental automatism, the psychopathic person (developmental and deteriorated), psychoses due to alcoholism, lead, morphine, cocaine, ether and carbon monoxide, autointoxications, infections, exotic diseases, dementia paralytica, cerebral softening, parkinsonism, tabes, epilepsy, hysteria, neurasthenia, simulation, fugues, cyclothymia, hypochondriasis and obsessions.

The authors find that the World War did not produce any psychopathies that had not been known before. On the other hand, the constitutional, habitual and emotional handicaps were definitely brought out by the strains. Jean Lépine found, in 600 cases, more than a third definitely alcoholic psychoses. In the course of time, the depressions increased in frequency. The manic patients were apt to return to the front and to take some time before lack of discipline disqualified them again —masturbation in public, erotic tendencies, exaltation

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