Classifications in Psychiatry: A Conceptual History∗

  title={Classifications in Psychiatry: A Conceptual History∗},
  author={G. Berrios},
  journal={Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={145 - 160}
  • G. Berrios
  • Published 1999
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
  • Background: Historical accounts of psychiatric classifications have hitherto been written in terms of a ‘received view’. This contains two assumptions, that: (i) the activity of classifying is inherent to the human mind; and (ii) psychiatric ‘phenomena’ are stable natural objects. Objectives: The aim of this article is to provide an outline of the evolution of psychiatric classifications from the perspective of conceptual history. This is defined as a theoretical and empirical inquiry into the… CONTINUE READING
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