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The delineation of schizophrenia from other psychiatric illnesses.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science
Publication Date
Volume
155
Pages
160–165
Identifiers
PMID: 2688791
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Evidence is provided in support of the nosological concept which distinguishes schizophrenia from borderline states. Differentiation of these disorders by a computer pattern-recognition program was based on the initial descriptive characteristics of patients. As a result, we observed good correlation between computer diagnosis from data on 215 patients and follow-up data analysed according to the criteria of Kraepelin's model of schizophrenia and its course. According to the findings on outcome, the states designated as 'sluggish schizophrenia' (or 'slowly developing variant of schizophrenia') comprise a group of dissimilar psychiatric disorders, including borderline states and cases of process schizophrenia, with the specific initial symptoms of the latter disease.

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