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June 1936

Modern Problems in Schizophrenia.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;35(6):1402. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260060244024

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Abstract

This volume contains a collection of papers read at the conference on schizophrenia in Moscow in the summer of 1932 under the auspices of the Moscow Psychiatric Society and the Communistic Academy of Sciences. In spite of the marked domination of Russian psychiatry by German nosologic influences, one can see a great deal of independence, with definite attempts to get away from the heavy formalistic point of view.

In the introductory paper by Vnukoff it is pointed out that under the influence of some hypothetical toxins the whole personality of the patient changes, especially in the relationship to the outside world. Differentiation of the individual from the group and the relationship of the individual to the group is an evolutionary faculty which develops late. It is this function which is especially disturbed in schizophrenia, so that the patient never knows his exact relationship to the world outside him. The whole

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