By Kieran McNally
Schizophrenia used to be twentieth century psychiatry's arch suggestion of insanity. but for many of that century it used to be either complex and contentious. This background explores schizophrenia's historical instability through issues equivalent to signs, definition, category and anti-psychiatry. In doing so, it opens up new methods of figuring out twentieth century madness.
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However, he took on board aspects of Bleuler’s thinking, noting that it remained to be seen if Bleuler’s term, or Definitions of Schizophrenia 47 other competing ideas, would be adopted. As such, Kraepelin retained his own concept. And he found it quite natural to speak of ‘those schizophrenic disorders which we meet with in dementia praecox’ (Kraepelin, 1913/1919, p. 76). This seems to suggest that Kraepelin, like others, acknowledged the possible existence of schizophrenic disorders both inside and outside the rubric of dementia praecox.
3). Kraepelin did not enthusiastically endorse Bleuler’s label or conceptualisation (an impossibility, as in the same edition he rejected Freudian theory as ‘castles in the air’). However, he took on board aspects of Bleuler’s thinking, noting that it remained to be seen if Bleuler’s term, or Definitions of Schizophrenia 47 other competing ideas, would be adopted. As such, Kraepelin retained his own concept. And he found it quite natural to speak of ‘those schizophrenic disorders which we meet with in dementia praecox’ (Kraepelin, 1913/1919, p.
These were conducted on cases of dementia praecox. And he had instructed his fellows at the Children’s Institute to work on the association test. Additionally, in late 1912, Hall had conducted face-to-face meetings over the possibility of establishing a journal with psychiatrist William Alanson White and physician Smith Ely Jelliffe (Ross, 1972). Both men had research interests in dementia praecox. In particular, this was the same year White had published a translation of Bleuler’s ‘Theory of Schizophrenic Negativism’ (Bleuler, 1912).
A Critical History of Schizophrenia by Kieran McNally