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This is a remarkable book, and one that will doubtless become indispensable to students of the history of the neurosciences. It offers a comprehensive account of the growth of ideas within neurology and psychology concerning asymmetries of function between the two hemispheres of the brain, with particular reference to the latter half of the nineteenth(More)
BACKGROUND Previous work suggests neurological disease commonly supervenes in cases of conversion disorder but has not identified clear predisposing factors. Patients' subsequent use of services has been neglected. METHOD Clinical outcomes for 73 patients investigated for pseudoneurological symptoms at a neurological hospital 10 years earlier were(More)
The diagnostic preferences of British neurologists for patients who lack a physical explanation for their symptoms were assessed by means of a postal questionnaire. Analysis of 168 completed replies showed 'functional', 'psychogenic' and 'hysteria' to be the most popular terms in use. The number of different terms a clinician would use rose in line with the(More)
Six consecutive patients who had had temporal lobe surgery for epilepsy, and been referred for psychiatric assessment of psychotic symptoms, are reported. Their symptoms (a delusional depression, four schizophrenia-like illnesses, and a case of Capgras' syndrome) are discussed in relation to the possible role of their operations, all of which were on the(More)
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  • C J Mace
  • 1993
Slater's work on the schizophrenia-like psychoses of epilepsy is re-examined in the light of subsequent developments in psychiatry and neurology. Simple causal links of the sort he postulated between epilepsies and psychoses appear increasingly tenuous, despite indications that some psychotic symptoms and some localised structural changes are linked. A(More)
Although dissociative phenomena are often transient features of mental states, existing measures of dissociation are designed to measure enduring traits. A new present-state self-report measure, sensitive to changes in dissociative states, was therefore developed and psychometrically validated. Fifty-six items were formulated to measure state features, and(More)
Attachment theory has an important role in clarifying personality development, and attachment style is increasingly recognised as a key intervening variable between personality and the response to psychotherapeutic interventions. Recent developments in attachment theory and its relationship to practice are reviewed as an introduction to a series of papers(More)
  • C J Mace
  • 1992
'Hysterical conversion' dates from a century before Freud, from an important attempt to rationalise the nosological status of hysteria. Freud's own concept of 'conversion' followed as a quite independent synthesis of 19th-century medical thinking on the subject. Subsequent analytical usage of 'conversion' which has influenced the description of hysterical(More)