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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

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WIDAKOWICH, Christian. Paraphrenia: nosography and clinical presentation. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.124, pp.683-694. ISSN 2340-2733.

Paraphrenia was one of the last great inventions of classical psychiatry. Both the French school and the German school strongly discussed and traced this clinical entity which is an intermediate form between paranoia and schizophrenia. Mentioned by Kahlbaum initially and then described by Kraepelin more than a hundred years ago, the term will be forgotten after the onset of DSM-III diagnostic manual, which will be taken in such diverse concepts as schizophrenia or delusional disorder chronic. We ask if, in the context of the present standardized textbooks, it is still possible to observe this rich clinical concept described by our predecessors. Also, by exposing a clinical case of paraphrenia, we discuss about the clinical presentation, the evolutionary process and possible differential diagnoses.

Keywords : Paraphrenia; Chronic delusion; French nosography; German nosography.

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