Classic Text No. 77 `Hebephrenia. A contribution to clinical psychiatry' by Dr. Ewald Hecker in Görlitz (1871)

  title={Classic Text No. 77 `Hebephrenia. A contribution to clinical psychiatry' by Dr. Ewald Hecker in G{\"o}rlitz (1871)},
  author={A. Kraam},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={106 - 87}
  • A. Kraam
  • Published 2009
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • History of Psychiatry
When Kahlbaum reluctantly allowed his disciple Hecker to write the paper on hebephrenia no one could foresee that it would be one of the few psychiatric concepts that would still be relevant today, for three reasons. First, it is still included in major current psychiatric classification systems. Second, some authors believe that it signifies a particularly malignant form of schizophrenia with an early onset and poor prognosis. Third, its introduction coincided with increased interest in age of… Expand
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