THOMAS P. SPRUNT, M.D., F.A.C.P.
By affective disorders we mean those characterized by pathological changes in mood and disturbances of the emotions. There may also be many physical symptoms and complaints. Victims of the outspoken psychoses in this group make up 10 to 15 per cent of the patients in psychiatric hospitals. The practising physician sees these patients relatively early and when we broaden our conception of affective disorders to include those occurring in more or less natural reaction to distressing situations and to physical illnesses we should the more readily realize their importance in medical practice.
Among the commoner affective disorders are the manic
THOMAS P. SPRUNT. AFFECTIVE DISORDERS IN MEDICAL PRACTICE(AFFECTIVE DISORDERS IN MEDICAL PRACTICE*). Ann Intern Med. 1938;12:334–338. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-12-3-334
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