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[Schizophrenia in childhood]

LÓRÁND S. Blanka1

JULY 29, 1952

Clinical Neuroscience - 1952;5(02)

[According to the prevailing psychiatric view, schizophrenia is rare in childhood, and some authors, such as Vogt and Weichbrodt, have denied that it occurs before adolescence. However, a critical review of the older literature on childhood psychosis leads to the conclusion that it is not so much the rarity of childhood schizophrenia as its recognition and correct pathology: in the older descriptions, we often find images of childhood schizophrenia that are typified by the current understanding. ]


  1. Hárshegyi Állami Gyermek Ideg- és Elmeosztály



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