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Vol. 11, No. 1, 1984
Issue release date: 1984
Section title: Biological Psychiatry
Neuropsychobiology 1984;11:7–13
(DOI:10.1159/000118042)

Evolution of the American Concept of Schizoaffective Psychosis

Maj M.
Psychiatric Clinic, First Medical School, University of Naples, Italy; Department of Psychiatry, University of Umeå, Sweden

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Abstract of Biological Psychiatry

Published online: 2/19/2008
Issue release date: 1984

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0302-282X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0224 (Online)

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Abstract

A brief survey is given of the evolution of the concept of schizoaffective psychosis in the United States. The following phases are singled out: a first, ‘prehistoricaΓ, one including description of’mixed’ psychotic syndromes regarded as subtypes of manic-depressive psychosis; a second, which covers the subsequent 30 years, in which the concept of schizoaffective psychosis is gradually included under the heading of schizophrenia, in accordance with the broad Bleulerian concept of this illness prevailing in those years; a third one, in which, under the influence of a number of factors, schizoaffective psychosis is shifted from the schizophrenic to the affective area, and even good-prognosis schizophrenia and DSM III schizophreniform disorder (a syndrome characterized by the same clinical picture of schizophrenia, but which lasts less than 6 months) are regarded as variants of affective illness. It is emphasized that the history of the evolution of the American concept of schizoaffective psychosis is, indeed, the history of the vicissitudes of the American conceptions of schizophrenia and manic-depressive psychosis.

© 1984 S. Karger AG, Basel


  

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Dr. Mario Maj, Clinica Psichiatrica, Primo Policlinico Universitario, Piazza Miraglia 2, I-80138 Napoli (Italy)

  

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Number of Print Pages : 7

  

Publication Details

Neuropsychobiology (International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research in Biological Psychiatry, Pharmacopsychiatry, Biological Psychology/Pharmacopsychology and Pharmacoelectroencephalography)

Vol. 11, No. 1, Year 1984 (Cover Date: 1984)

Journal Editor: Strik, W. (Bern)
ISSN: 0302–282X (Print), eISSN: 1423–0224 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/NPS


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Biological Psychiatry

Published online: 2/19/2008
Issue release date: 1984

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0302-282X (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0224 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/NPS


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