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Definition and History. In 1896 Emil Kraepelin succeeded in sorting through a multiplicity of symptoms and histories to identify common features of the syndrome (Sickness and healing: I) he called dementia praecox because it involved dementia and often had an early onset. In 1911 Eugen Bleuler revised the concept of the disorder and substituted the name schizophrenia, which we use today, in part because neither dementia nor early onset is invariable, in part because the fundamental disorder consists in inadequate unity, in fragmentatio…

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Naber, Dieter, “Schizophrenia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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