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December 1951


AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1951;66(6):700-707. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1951.02320120033004

THE PECULIAR behavioral patterns met with in the psychoses, associated personality disorders and/or the neuroses, possess individualized connotations and bear a specific relation to the settings in which they have occurred. Of notable significance is the investigation of impairment of memory as a disturbance of higher mental expression.

Etiologically, this derangement may be the concomitant of destructive physical or chemical alterations of cortical neurons or may follow (as an automatic recourse) as a defense pattern resorted to by the neurotic patient in an effort to conceal the truth from himself. This he does in order to attain emotional gratification or easement, though it may disregard reality, even to the point of becoming objectionable to those in his environment, or may culminate in personality impairment.

The increasing attention to mental disturbances and their recognition as the neuropsychiatrist's responsibility, as evidenced in the current psychiatric literature, led to the present study of