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Cognitive deficits in schizophrenia: As early as 1896, the eminent German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin used the term dementia praecox for schizophrenia to imply that the disorder often strikes in adolescence or early adulthood and runs a chronic, lifelong, disabling course.
Eighty-three of 414 first-time admissions (20%) had the diagnosis of dementia praecox schizophrenia).
While still a student he won a number of prizes for composing and he drew a great deal of attention for his graduation piece at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague--the chamber opera Dementia Praecox on a story by S.
Discussing psychiatry in Europe, he writes about the famous Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926): "Kraepelin's fame rested on his distinction between dementia praecox [today termed schizophrenia], which he deemed the result of external causes (traumas) and possibly treatable through psychological techniques, on the one hand, and hereditary and incurable diseases of the brain, on the other" (p.
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