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Organic brain syndrome is an impressive yet curious rubric, having no linguistic counterpart in the clinical discussion of trouble in any other human organ. It is a term with little justification for a lasting place in the argot of medicine. Why does "organic brain syndrome," and imprecise diagnostic language like it, persist? Because, as is the case with "ain't," "youse guys," and "y'all," as well as "higher cortical function" and "no acute distress," the term has a long life and a large following. It is another way of saying brain disorder and encompasses illnesses as diverse as delirium tremens and
Organic Brain Syndromes: An Introduction to Neurobehavioral Disorders.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:665–666. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-5-665
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(5):665-666.
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