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J Med Biogr. 2014 Feb;22(1):16-8. doi: 10.1177/0967772013479547. Epub 2013 Jul 15.

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

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Tel Aviv University, Israel.

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.

KEYWORDS:

AL Vischer; post-traumatic stress disorder; prisoners of wars; shell-shock; ‘Barbed-wire disease’

PMID:
24585842
DOI:
10.1177/0967772013479547
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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