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September 1964

Désagrégation, régression et reconstruction dans la schizophrénie.

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By J. Burstin, MD. Pp 181. Privat, Paris, France, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(3):349. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720270121016

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The schizophrenic process presents simultaneously disaggregation, regression, and an attempt at reconstruction. The crucial problem of schizophrenia resides in the coexistence of these three orders of phenomena. Any conception of the disease, to be valid, must not only embrace these three categories of facts but also be able to explain the nature of their reciprocal relations. This, says the author, is far from being the case at present. This book is an attempt to clarify the confusion by establishing a parallelism between the three characteristic phases of the progression of the disease and determined stages of normal psychogenesis.

In the course of the author's long exposition of the symptomatology of the schizophrenic syndrome there is much discussion of the mental development of the child taken from the works of Piaget, Wallon and others, and many illustrations of analogies to be found in the symptomatology of schizophrenic patients. However, at

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