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November 1939

Le groupe des psychoses hallucinatoires chroniques.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;42(5):975-977. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270230197017

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In this essay Nodet proposes to criticize the nosologic position of the "chronic hallucinatory psychosis," a clinical syndrome which has long played a unique and significant role in French psychiatry. The essay is prefaced by Henri Claude, who welcomes not only the critical reorganization but the emphasis on structural and dynamic psychopathologic doctrines which are the basis of the criticism.

The essay is divided into three sections. An introduction serves to present the significant historical background of this syndrome in French psychiatry and to explain its relationship to the evolution of the concept of chronic delusional states. The second section deals with a direct criticism of the syndrome from clinical and theoretic points of view. From a clinical point of view the author offers the following arguments: (1) It is difficult to differentiate exactly hallucinations, interpretations, illusions and intuitions, as they are frequently intermingled. (2) A study of all the

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