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Hist Psychiatry. 1995 Jun;6(22 Pt 2):177-200.

Psychosis: from mental disorder to disease concept.

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  • Department of Psychiatry, Guy's Hospital, London, UK.


This article traces the development of the concept of psychosis from its being coined as a general term for mental disorder in 1845 by the Austrian psychiatrist Ernst von Feuchtersleben until its reification as a disease concept in the twentieth century by the German psychiatrist and pupil of Kraepelin Kurt Schneider.

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