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[The Hourglass Model of Psychiatric Diseases, illustrated by the example of endogenous psychoses]

PETHŐ Bertalan1

MAY 01, 1985

Clinical Neuroscience - 1985;38(05)

[Taking Jaspers' concept as a starting point, the author has previously proposed an orientation along the conceptual continuum of disease entities. Along this conceptual continuum of disease, which is not a continuum between disease and normality, the psychopathological syndrome is defined as a disease with a defined duration (small disease unit) or a psychopathological syndrome with a defined duration (small disease unit). The variables of the disease process indicating psychopathological and social adaptation disorders are empirically shown to form a relatively antagonistic open system. Based on this finding and using the concepts of multiaxial classifications, the author has developed the so-called hourglass model as an extension of the linear model of illness, which reflects the interweaving of life history and pathology, and allows the development of testable hypotheses and the synthesis of a biological and a social psychiatric approach. ]

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