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January 15, 1982

Organic Mental Disease

JAMA. 1982;247(3):359. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320280069041

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"The potentially curable causes of progressive intellectual deterioration represent the most overlooked treatable medical conditions in America" (Geschwind). Freemon's monograph on these conditions is a well-written and comprehensive modern introduction to the phenomena of organic mental disease. Pointing out the brain-mind relationship, he reminds us all of the dilemma as to whether these are neurological or psychiatric conditions. Specialists in both fields, as well as the general physician, still have the tendency to slough these problems off. After reading Freemon's book, one is able to grasp a better understanding of the problem and the potential for better management of these patients. Failure to recognize and accept these conditions is probably the single greatest impediment to understanding organic mental dysfunction and to proper and human treatment of the many patients who suffer from these disorders.

Freemon's 11 chapters begin with a general discussion of neuroanatomy and physiology in chapters on the