The dichotomies: psychosis/neurosis and functional/organic: a historical perspective.

Psychosis and neurosis have formed one of the crucial dichotomies in psychiatric classification. This has not always been the case, and indeed the distinction is again being blurred (Cooper 1989). This article will show how the dichotomy arose and how it was strengthened during the first fifty years after the introduction of the term psychosis. The… (More)