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April 1932

L'hérédo-syphilis mentale.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(4):984. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230160225020

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Abstract

In this 205 page monograph, Drouet and Hamel discuss the general question of heredosyphilis, emphasizing especially its biologic, diagnostic and psychopathologic aspects. Their work has been very well done and amply repays careful reading. The ground is covered most thoroughly, including full consideration of the contributions and conclusions of others as well as personal findings. Furthermore, the presentation is gratifyingly direct and clear, and the arrangement of the material is extremely good, with an excellent appended bibliography.

The subject matter is organized under the following chapter heads, all of which are fully and illuminatingly developed: the rôle of heredosyphilis in psychopathology, diagnosis in childhood and adolescence, diagnosis in adulthood, relation (general) to mental disorders, psychiatric (systematic) aspects of heredosyphilis, social considerations, prophylaxis and treatment.

The section on diagnosis appears of particular interest and merits special comment. Among children and adolescents, the authors find of great significance certain stigmas, chiefly cranial,

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