A brief review of the history of delirium as a mental disorder

  title={A brief review of the history of delirium as a mental disorder},
  author={D. Adamis and A. Treloar and F. Martin and A. Macdonald},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={459 - 469}
  • D. Adamis, A. Treloar, +1 author A. Macdonald
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • History of Psychiatry
  • We review the most important concepts about delirium, from ancient times until the twentieth century. We also focus on the question of how these concepts have dealt with the particular problems posed by prognosis and outcome. Althought different terms have been used, a robust description of delirium has existed since antiquity — at some times as a symptom and at others as a syndrome. It is clear that, throughout the millennia, delirium has been — and still is — a highly lethal syndrome; a poor… CONTINUE READING

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