Historical review: Autointoxication and focal infection theories of dementia praecox

@article{Noll2004HistoricalRA,
  title={Historical review: Autointoxication and focal infection theories of dementia praecox},
  author={R. Noll},
  journal={The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry},
  year={2004},
  volume={5},
  pages={66 - 72}
}
  • R. Noll
  • Published 2004
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Summary The popularity of theories of autointoxication and focal infection in general medicine and dentistry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries led Emil Kraepelin and others to speculate that dementia praecox was caused by a poisoning of the brain from toxins produced in other parts of the body, notably the sex glands, the intestines and the mouth. Emil Kraepelin's commitment to the autointoxication theory is ignored in the literature on the history of psychiatry due to the… Expand
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