ROBERT CANCRO, M.D., MED.SC.D., F.A.C.P.
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Eugen Bleuler (1) took an important step away from the disease-entity model when he introduced the concept of a group of schizophrenias. He recognized the existence of a number of end states that shared certain clinical similarities. He drew an analogy between the schizophrenias and the organic psychoses. Today we have gone beyond this position and recognize the schizophrenias, not only as a group of clinically similar end states, but as deriving from different initial states through different pathways. There is no single cause for the schizophrenias. The very complexity of this group of disorders suggests that the causes are
CANCRO R. The Causes of the Schizophrenias. Ann Intern Med. 1972;77:647–648. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-4-647
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