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Alcohol Alcohol. 2008 Mar-Apr;43(2):174-9. Epub 2007 Dec 4.

Wernicke's encephalopathy revisited. Translation of the case history section of the original manuscript by Carl Wernicke 'Lehrbuch der Gehirnkrankheiten fur Aerzte and Studirende' (1881) with a commentary.

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Molecular Psychiatry Laboratory, Windeyer Institute of Medical Science, Dept. of Mental Health Sciences, Royal Free and University College London Medical School, 46 Cleveland Street, London W1T 4JF, UK.

Abstract

AIMS:

A translation into English of the case history section of Carl Wernicke's original manuscript of 1881, with a discussion on its relevance for clinicians today.

METHODS:

A copy of Carl Wernicke's original German text was obtained by one of the authors (CCHC) and translated into English from the old German by a professional translator.

RESULTS:

The translation was subsequently agreed by native German speaking referees, and minor changes made.

CONCLUSIONS:

The authors studied the translation in detail and concluded that Wernicke's description had stood the test of time. The diagnosis of Wernicke's Encephalopathy remains a clinical one.

PMID:
18056751
DOI:
10.1093/alcalc/agm144
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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