Eugen Bleuler’s Concepts of Psychopathology

  title={Eugen Bleuler’s Concepts of Psychopathology},
  author={Roland Kuhn and Charles H. Cahn},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={361 - 366}
  • R. KuhnC. Cahn
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • History of Psychiatry
our special interest in three of these: ‘schizophrenia’, ‘ambivalence’ and ‘autism’. The word ‘schizophrenia’ saw the light of day on 24 April 1908, when Bleuler gave a lecture at a meeting of the German Psychiatric Association in Berlin, with the title, ‘Die Prognose der Dementia praecox (Schizophreniegruppe)’ (Bleuler, 1908). Bleuler had given the dementia praecox of Kraepelin the new name of ‘schizophrenia’. To help us to understand how Bleuler arrived at this word, it is useful to bring to… 

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Dementia praecox oder Gruppe der Schizophrenien

Über Ambivalenz. Zentralblatt für Psychoanalyse, 1, 266. Bleuler, E. (1912) Das autistische Denken

  • Jahrbuch für psychoanalytische und psychopathologische Forschungen (Leipzig and Vienna: Deuticke)
  • 1911

Zum Problem des schizoiden Autismus

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  • A. Strümpell
  • Medicine
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Nervenheilkunde
  • 2006

Über die zwei Arten des Denkens

  • Jahrbuch für psychoanalytische und psychopathologische Forschungen (Leipzig and Vienna: Deuticke)
  • 1912

Über die zwei Arten des Denkens. In Jahrbuch für psychoanalytische und

  • 1912

Affektivität, Suggestibilität, Paranoia (Halle a.S.: Marhold)

  • 1906

Über Autismus. Nervenarzt

  • 1973

La pensée autistique d'après Bleuler

  • Autismo infantile e educazione
  • 1980

Die Prognose der Dementia praecox (Schizophreniegruppe)

  • 1908