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Dementia praecox: Preventable

Dementia praecox: Preventable BY POMPEO MILICI, M. D., SENIOR ASSISTANT PHYSICIAN, KINGS PARK STATE HOSPITAL Personality is largely molded during childhood and adolescence, for during these early formative years the child grows into the type of adult he is to be. To understand thoroughly the compli- cated adult structure which results one must of necessity have full knowledge of the quality of the child, the situations through which he passed and the manner of his characteristic and individual reac- tions to them. The complicated developing personality of adolescents and the more or less stabilized personality of adults oftentimes reacts to its particular difficulties with manifestations which place such reac- tions in the realm of the functional psychoses. To understand such psychoses thoroughly one must again of necessity follow through from the very beginning all of the factors which led to their de- velopment. In 1896, Meyer, at the Worcester ttospital, first started to de- velop his conception of dementia pr~cox as depending on a special constitution and personality likely to break down in specific man- ners. He stated, ~ "the general principle is that many individuals cannot afford to count on unlimited elasticity in the habitual use of certain habits of adjustment," http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Dementia praecox: Preventable

Psychiatric Quarterly , Volume 11 (4) – Apr 10, 2005

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Publisher
Springer Journals
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Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
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1573-6709
DOI
10.1007/BF01562880
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Abstract

BY POMPEO MILICI, M. D., SENIOR ASSISTANT PHYSICIAN, KINGS PARK STATE HOSPITAL Personality is largely molded during childhood and adolescence, for during these early formative years the child grows into the type of adult he is to be. To understand thoroughly the compli- cated adult structure which results one must of necessity have full knowledge of the quality of the child, the situations through which he passed and the manner of his characteristic and individual reac- tions to them. The complicated developing personality of adolescents and the more or less stabilized personality of adults oftentimes reacts to its particular difficulties with manifestations which place such reac- tions in the realm of the functional psychoses. To understand such psychoses thoroughly one must again of necessity follow through from the very beginning all of the factors which led to their de- velopment. In 1896, Meyer, at the Worcester ttospital, first started to de- velop his conception of dementia pr~cox as depending on a special constitution and personality likely to break down in specific man- ners. He stated, ~ "the general principle is that many individuals cannot afford to count on unlimited elasticity in the habitual use of certain habits of adjustment,"

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Apr 10, 2005

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