An Outline of Psychiatry in Clinical Lectures: The Lectures by Robert Miller ONZM B.A. B.Sc. Ph.D., John Dennison J.P.

By Robert Miller ONZM B.A. B.Sc. Ph.D., John Dennison J.P. M.Sc. B.A.

This paintings is a set of Carl Wenicke’s lectures on neuropsychiatry translated into English for the 1st time. starting with uncomplicated ideas approximately general mind functionality, the e-book strikes to medical subject matters, dealing first with continual psychological issues and 'paranoid states', after which to the extra advanced sector of acute psychological problems. a few of the featured issues are nonetheless clinically appropriate, and issues of latest debate. Carl Wernicke is among the pioneers of neurology and psychiatry; clinicians, researchers and historians will locate this of significant interest.

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Moreover, expression in the face, even when it is not [W] in motion, arises from particular muscle actions; likewise posture of the whole body, by the same token, is expressive, just as are words or facial expressions, in revealing a person’s state of mind and emotional state. Movements of the entire body serving to express joy, cheerfulness, high spirits, satisfaction, scorn, anger, fear, grief, anguish, despair, hope, hatred, and love are familiar and sufficiently expressive that it would be superfluous to describe them here.

We do not recognize inverted letters; several familiar optical illusions are based on the same failing; and how strange appears the image of a person, when viewed through a convex lens, upside 19 down! Even though a few difficulties are raised by these facts, nevertheless the vast number of cell groups needed to accommodate just visual memory images may still seem astonishing. Experience teaches us that a healthy brain can always acquire new memory images; there must therefore still be an abundance of elements for this purpose.

This objection is partly true, and requires a thorough explanation. The easiest way to do this is to return to our starting point, the example of speech. When a patient is silent and we would expect him or her to speak, we can interpret this symptom as a circumscribed form of akinesia restricted to speech. If the presenting symptom is an urge to talk, then by the same token this is a circumscribed form of hyperkinesia. If, on the other hand, his or her response is nonsensical speech, we could rightly regard this as a symptom of parakinesia.

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