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Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2012 Jul;70(7):547-9.

Tourette's syndrome: from demonic possession and psychoanalysis to the discovery of gene.

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  • 1Movement Disorders Unit, Neurology Service, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital de ClĂ­nicas, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba PR, Brazil.


In this paper we make a brief historical review of the hypothesis concerning the etiology of Tourette's syndrome (TS), focusing on varying trends over time: at first, its presumed relation to witchcraft and demonic possessions, followed by the psychoanalytical theory, which attributed TS to a masturbatory equivalent. Then, progressing to modern time, to the immunological theory and finally the advent of genetics and their role in the etiology of TS.

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