Dementia praecox, 1886: a new turning point?

  title={Dementia praecox, 1886: a new turning point?},
  author={Richard Noll},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={255 - 256}
  • R. Noll
  • Published 18 May 2012
  • Medicine
  • History of Psychiatry
Historians of medicine delight in reconstructing the life course – one might say career – of disease concepts. ‘Biographies of disease’ now appear as formal serial offerings by publishers (see, for example, Healy, 2008), granting them a celebrity status equal to that of famous physicians. To borrow the language of historical sociologist Andrew Abbott (2001: 247–9) regarding the study of individual lives, disease histories are framed by ‘trajectories’ (or ‘master narratives’) and ‘turning points… 
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