Obsessive-compulsive disorder: its conceptual history in France during the 19th century.

@article{Berros1989ObsessivecompulsiveDI,
  title={Obsessive-compulsive disorder: its conceptual history in France during the 19th century.},
  author={Germ{\'a}n E. Berr{\'i}os},
  journal={Comprehensive psychiatry},
  year={1989},
  volume={30 4},
  pages={283-95}
}
Until the 1850s, obsessive-compulsive phenomena were considered to be a variant of the old notion of insanity. Around this time they became a separate disease: first, as a member of the old class of the neuroses; then, briefly, as a variant of the newly formed notion of psychosis; and finally, as a neurosis proper (in the post-1880s sense). These changes reflected theoretical shifts in the definition of the grand psychiatric categories. After 1860, organic causal hypotheses for OCD included… CONTINUE READING
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