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The theory of symptom complexes, mind and madness (2019)


Kahlbaum’s seminal approach to symptom complexes, as opposed to disease entities, is still relevant. Many psychopathologists have approached mental symptom complexes without prejudging them as necessary physical deficits or diseases, favouring a broader dimensional and anthropological view of mental disorders. Discussions of symptom complexes gained prominence in psychiatry in the early twentieth century – through Hoche – and in the period leading up to World War II – through Carl Schneider. Their works, alongside those of Kraepelin, Bumke, Kehrer, Jaspers and others, are reviewed in relation to the theme of symptom complexes, the mind, and mental disorders. A particular feature of symptom complexes is their relationship to aspects of the normal mind and how this affects clinical manifestations. It is further suggested that symptom complexes might offer a useful bridge between the psychic and the biological in theories of the mind.

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Authors & Contributors
Schioldann, Johan
Maung, Hane Htut
Berrios, German E.
Revuelta, José I. Pérez
Moreno, José M. Villagrán
Chiang, Howard Hsueh-Hao
History of Psychiatry
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Spontaneous Generations
Oxford University Press
Éditions Hermann
Mental disorders and diseases
Nosology; classification of diseases
Philosophy of medicine
Moreau de Tours, Jacques Joseph
Kinsey, Alfred C.
Janet, Pierre
Spitzer, Robert L.
Kraepelin, Emil
Wimmer, August
Time Periods
21st century
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
United States
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

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