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[The u. n. treatment of acute fatal catatonia electrospasm]

VARGHA Miklós1, KOVÁCS Béla1

NOVEMBER 20, 1953

Clinical Neuroscience - 1953;6(04)

[Attempts have been made to deconstruct the nosolgical entity of schizophrenia from several angles. A detailed differentiation on the basis of psychopathology may be useful in order to find a closer link between the diverse biochemical, pathophysiological, morphological sub-scores and the psychopathological picture. Morphological lesions (Miskolczy, Hechst (Horányi), Josephy, Fünfgeld), as Miskolczy emphasises, only provide a consistent picture in certain forms of schizophrenia. The relative intactness of the cerebral areas (Stief, Hechst (Horányi)) is in contrast to some of the clinical symptoms, so that we can say that morphological lesions, whether of the brain or liver (Gaupp), etc., have not been able to prove the unity of schizophrenia or to clarify the affiliation of the different forms. Biochemical and pathophysiological research is at the stage of data collection, as Riebelling, in his most recent summary paper, has pointed out.]


  1. Szegedi Orvostudományi Egyetem Ideg- és Elmeklinika



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