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May 1945

PRIMITIVE HABITS AND PERCEPTUAL ALTERATIONS IN THE TERMINAL STAGE OF SCHIZOPHRENIA

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK AND BRENTWOOD, N. Y.

From the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Hospital and Pilgrim State Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1945;53(5):378-384. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1945.02300050052008
Abstract

In the last decade the main interest in the study of schizophrenia has been concentrated on cases of the early stage of this illness, which are the most suitable for dynamic psychologic investigations and in which a better response to the newly devised shock treatments is obtained. The study of cases of chronic schizophrenia has, on the other hand, been rather neglected except for statistical purposes. I am in accord with the numerous other workers who think that even the study of patients in the most advanced stages of this illness may eventually reveal important information on the nature of this condition. This point of view led to the present investigation of peculiar habits and of quasineurologic (or neurologic?) phenomena noted in the terminal stages of dementia precox. The word habit is employed here for want of a better term. It is used to mean a certain type of behavior

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