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June 1955

The Concept of Schizophrenia.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1955;95(6):881-882. doi:10.1001/archinte.1955.00250120117041

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"The Concept of Schizophrenia" is an easily read monograph dealing with this most important of mental illnesses. In it the author has attempted to review this disease from various angles. The beginning portion of the book deals with the historical background and traces the important developments which have lead up to the present-day understandings of schizophrenia. The individual contributions of such important men as Kraepelin, Freud, Bleuler, Jung, Meyer, and the like are reviewed. Another section takes up the dynamic concepts of dementia praecox, and here the experimental approaches to this disorder are touched upon. There is a good discussion concerning the all-important role of heredity as well as the impingement of social and environmental conditions as they affect the total personality. The metabolic and neurophysiologic theories as they relate to schizophrenia are included. One of the concluding chapters reviews the main points in diagnosis and discusses how this disease

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