Diagnosis and course of affective psychoses: was Kraepelin right?

  title={Diagnosis and course of affective psychoses: was Kraepelin right?},
  author={Jules Angst and Alex Gamma},
  journal={European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience},
  • J. Angst, A. Gamma
  • Published 31 May 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
Kraepelin’s basic attitude to the classification of psychoses was data-oriented and flexible. In his latter years he was close to revising his own celebrated dichotomy between manic-depressive insanity and dementia praecox in order to take account of a large group of intermediate psychoses, which today are called schizo-affective. His concept of a continuum from healthy to ill has stood the test of time and corresponds to modern epidemiological findings. Kraepelin’s unitarian concept of manic… 
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