G. W. DISHONG, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Dementia praecox with its involved interests—social, economic, and clinical—is today the outstanding problem of psychiatry. It is estimated that from 30,000 to 40,000 new cases develop annually in the United States. And, roughly speaking, 25 per cent of the admissions to our state hospitals, and 50 per cent of the chronic cases belong in the dementia praecox grouping. The social and economic implications of the problem are obvious when we consider the nature of dementia praecox. This disorder with its varying degrees of personality distortion accounts for the majority of our social misfits, and involves the expense for their custodial
DISHONG GW. THE DEMENTIA PRAECOX PROBLEM(THE DEMENTIA PRAECOX PROBLEM*). Ann Intern Med. 1938;11:2214–2222. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-11-12-2214
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