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Dr Adolf Lukas Vischer (1884-1974) and 'barbed-wire disease'.

Authors
  • Ohry, Avi
  • Solomon, Zahava
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of medical biography
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2014
Volume
22
Issue
1
Pages
16–18
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0967772013479547
PMID: 24585842
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

The Swiss physician Adolf Lukas Vischer described a psychiatric syndrome among prisoners of war, the 'barbed-wire disease' that follows a long-term incarceration and which involved boredom, confusion, clouding of consciousness and amnesia. Vischer first identified this as an important clinical issue. Later in life, he became one of the first geriatricians and gerontologists.

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