Dementia Praecox : 1896 : Emil Kraepelin

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1896

a) published by University of California Digital Library here

Dementia Praecox and Paraphrenia by Professor Emil Kraepelin of Munich, Translated by R. Mary Barclay, M.A., M.B.

From the Eighth German Edition of the “Text-Book of Psychiatry” Vol. iii, Part ii, section on the Endogenous Dementias

Edited by George M. Robertson, M.D., F.R.C.P. (Edin.) Lecturer on Mental Diseases in the University of Edinburgh and Physician to the Royal Asylum, Morningside

Available to download here

b) Second translation – Original publication:

p426-441 of the 5th edition of Psychiatrie : 1896 : Emil Kraepelin :  Barth: Leipzig

Publication in English:

p13-24 of The Clinical Roots of the Schizophrenia Concept : 28th November 1986 : John Cutting & Michael Shepherd (Editors & Authors) : Information here

Available at  /authors a-z or authors by date

Preface and Introduction to The Clinical Roots of the Schizophrenia Concept: available at  /authors by date (1986) or authors a-z (Cuttings or Shepherd)

Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926)

Quoted from p13 of ‘The clinical root of the schizophrenia concept’

Emil Kraepelin was born in a small village near the Baltic Sea, studied medicine in Würzburg and then, after short periods as a research assistant to the psychologist Wundt and to the neuropathologist and neuroanatomist Flechsig, he was appointed professor of Clinical Psychiatry in Munich, where he remained until his retirement. He is widely regarded as a father of modern psychiatry, and is best known for his identification and careful description of dementia praecox. Although its name was later changed to schizophrenia, and although some subsequent psychiatrists have criticised Kraepelin for being too neurological in orientation, such criticisms are unfair and fail to appreciate the resilience of the concept which he developed. He was an organic psychiatrist by today’s standards, but was far more sophisticated in his treatment of disease categories than many of his contemporaries who multiplied these categories too readily. He was also an acute observer of mental phenomena, and his notions about the essential psychological nature of dementia praecox have been overlooked by subsequent writers. The following extract is his first description of dementia praecox in the fifth edition of his textbook published in 1896. It has never been translated before.

Quoted by  Jacques Lacan :

Seminar III : 23rd November 1955 : p17-19, 23, of Russell Grigg’s translation

Seminar III :1st February 1956 : p125 of Russell Grigg’s translation

Seminar III : 8th February 1956 : p135 of Russell Grigg’s translation

Seminar III : 13th June 1956 : p274 of Russell Grigg’s translation

See  Seminar III: The Psychoses: 1955-1956: from 16th November 1955: Jacques Lacan

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Further texts

By Emil Kraepelin here

By John Cutting here

By Michael Shepherd here


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