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October 21, 1939

Psychischer Befund und psychiatrische Diagnose

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Von Professor Kurt Schneider, Direktor des Klinischen Instituts der Deutschen Forschungsanstalt für Psychiatrie (Kaiser Wilhelm-Institut) in München. Paper. Price, 1.40 marks. Pp. 27. Leipzig: Georg Thieme, 1939.

JAMA. 1939;113(17):1591. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800420065028

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This is devoted to a discussion of symptoms and their evaluation in psychiatric diagnosis. It is intended primarily for practitioners. The subject is introduced with a suggestion that disturbances in the individual functions be sought for and interpreted and, from these symptoms, a diagnosis be built. The more frequent psychoses, schizophrenia and cyclothymia, and the demarcation of these psychoses from neuroses, psychopathic personality and toxic and organic cerebral conditions are stressed. Disorders of perception, of thought and mood and of will and instincts are considered. Symptoms are then grouped into those which are significant for a diagnosis of schizophrenia and those which are more general and can be utilized as diagnostic aids only against the background of the total clinical picture. Interspersed are warnings against pitfalls in the interpretation of symptoms and cautions as to common sources of errors. This all too brief monograph is a concentrate of an extensive

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