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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1987 Feb;175(2):65-77.

Typifications. The first step for clinical diagnosis in psychiatry.


Reigning views on psychiatric nosology regard as "too subjective" certain features of diagnosis which respected psychiatrists have reported and several empirical studies have confirmed. We describe two of these persistent "mysteries" of psychiatric nosology: rapid diagnoses and the praecox feeling. We then demystify these mysteries by explicating the workings of "typification" in the diagnostic process. The criteria of disorders which are provided by classification manuals, such as DSM-III, are shown to presuppose such typifications. Psychiatric typification, although a preconceptual skill, can be rendered fully scientific and objective.

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