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March 3, 1951

Dementia Praecox or the Group of Schizophrenias

JAMA. 1951;145(9):685. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920270079043

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This book is a translation from the German of Bleuler's original monograph on the schizophrenias. The book had not been translated previously into English. Bleuler, a contemporary and at one time an associate of Freud, has been generally credited, as a result of this book, with revolutionizing Kraepelin's formalistic and descriptive approach to schizophrenias. He describes in this volume the particular expressions of affect and the specific loosening of associations characteristic of schizophrenia and emphasizes the tendency toward autistic thinking and ambivalence that are accepted as part of present day psychiatric concepts of schizophrenia. The volume is of considerable historic value. Many of the concepts expressed and terminology used in this classical work form an integral part of psychiatric thinking today.

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