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Classic Text No. 135: ‘On inheritance of the insanities’, by Jens Chr. Smith (1924) (2023)


Schioldann, Johan (Author)

History of Psychiatry
Volume: 34
Issue: 3
Pages: 350-362
Publication date: 2023
Language: English

Serious and realistic research into the inheritance of the psychoses started in earnest at the beginning of the twentieth century. This was encouraged by both the acceptance of the Kraepelinian classification and the rediscovery of the Mendelian model of inheritance. The application of Mendelian rules to the very complex genetics of the psychoses led to agonizing debate. The Classic Text is a translation of the introduction of the doctoral thesis of Jens Chr. Smith, a little-known Danish psychiatrist who was able to summarize, with the enthusiasm typical to his youth and with surprising accuracy, the early stages of the debate mentioned above.

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Authors & Contributors
Schioldann, Johan
Berrios, German E.
Cottebrune, Anne
Kragh, Jesper Vaczy
Jacobsen, Thune
de Jong-Lambert, William
History of Psychiatry
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Journal of the History of Biology
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Medical History
Mental disorders and diseases
Mendelism; Mendelian inheritance
Primary literature (historical sources)
Bateson, William
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Rüdin, Ernst
Freud, Sigmund
Galton, Francis
Griesinger, Wilhelm
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
18th century
21st century
United States
Moscow (Russia)
Cambridge University

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