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June 1998

From Kraepelin to Kretschmer Leavened by Schneider: The Transition From Categories of Psychosis to Dimensions of Variation Intrinsic to Homo sapiens

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1998;55(6):502-504. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.55.6.502

THE KRAEPELINIAN1,2 binary system, it may be said, is dead, but the tyranny of its influence lives on. Notwithstanding a series of critical evaluations,3-6 it pervades textbooks, examinations, and every set of operational diagnostic criteria. Late in life, Kraepelin tried to get the genie back into the bottle:

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