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July 1939

Analysis of Parergasia.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;42(1):184-185. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270190192015

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This interesting clinical study from the material of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, was undertaken at the suggestion of Dr. Adolf Meyer and supported in part by a grant from the Supreme Council of the Thirty-Third Degree Scottish Rite Masons of the Northern Jurisdiction, U. S. A. In the introduction Dr. Meyer discusses briefly the chaos that exists in the thinking about dementia praecox, which through Kraepelin's influence came to be looked on as a unitary process. The name dementia praecox carries with it grave prognostic implications which if not borne out by time and the fruitlessness of therapy lead to the other horn of the dilemma, viz., the unsoundness of the diagnostic impressions.

Seventy-seven patients were studied, not with the idea of demonstrating ultimate deterioration but from the standpoint of Meyer's earlier concepts (1906) of habit disorganization and deterioration as a pathologic process with varying degrees

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