Dementia during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: a conceptual history

  title={Dementia during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: a conceptual history},
  author={Germ{\'a}n E. Berr{\'i}os},
  journal={Psychological Medicine},
  pages={829 - 837}
  • G. Berríos
  • Published 1 November 1987
  • History, Psychology
  • Psychological Medicine
Synopsis An historical analysis is made of the word and of the concept of ‘dementia’ before the nineteenth century. With regard to the word, it is shown that it had legal and medical meanings and that, while the former developed during the seventeenth century, the latter did so only during the eighteenth century (earlier than psychiatric historians have suggested). As evidence for the latter point, rare historical material on ‘Démence’ from the first edition of the Encyclopédie Française is… 

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