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July 1940

Contributions from the Research and Neuropsychiatric Gannushkin Institute.

Arch NeurPsych. 1940;44(1):240. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1940.02280070248018

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With the exception of a dozen articles, the fifty contributions making up the three volumes deal with schizophrenia—its history, symptomatology, differential diagnosis, complications by other diseases, course, chemistry, serology, pathology and treatment. The history of schizophrenia is extensively reviewed by Kronfeld (in two articles, of 100 pages). Kronfeld is of the opinion that schizophrenia is an organic disease, which may occur in an attenuated form (schizophrenia mitis); it is not associated with intellectual decay; it exhibits only mild personality changes, and the patient's contact with the outside world is not affected. The majority of articles are case reports, many being accompanied by extensive discussions of theoretic, or rather hypothetic, character, but are interesting, as the detailed histories give a picture of various phases of life (personal, family and social) of a Soviet citizen. The treatment of schizophrenia is covered in great detail, "insulin therapy" being the method most extensively discussed.

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