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From the outset, dementia praecox was viewed by Kraepelin as a progressively deteriorating disease from which no one recovered. The three terms that Kraepelin used to refer to the end state of the disease were "Verblödung" (deterioration), Schwachsinn (mental weakness) or Defekt (defect). Although "dementia" is part of the name of the disease, Kraepelin did not intend it to be similar to senile dementia and rarely used this term to refer to the end state of the disease. However, by 1913, and more explicitly by 1920, Kraepelin admitted that although there seemed to be a residual cognitive defect in most cases, the prognosis was not as uniformly dire as he had stated in the 1890's. Still, he regarded it as a specific disease concept that implied incurable, inexplicable insanity.
 
From the outset, dementia praecox was viewed by Kraepelin as a progressively deteriorating disease from which no one recovered. The three terms that Kraepelin used to refer to the end state of the disease were "Verblödung" (deterioration), Schwachsinn (mental weakness) or Defekt (defect). Although "dementia" is part of the name of the disease, Kraepelin did not intend it to be similar to senile dementia and rarely used this term to refer to the end state of the disease. However, by 1913, and more explicitly by 1920, Kraepelin admitted that although there seemed to be a residual cognitive defect in most cases, the prognosis was not as uniformly dire as he had stated in the 1890's. Still, he regarded it as a specific disease concept that implied incurable, inexplicable insanity.
  
This formal psychiatric diagnosis was eventually joined from 1918 to 1952, and later replaced, with the modern clinical sub-divisions of Schizophrenia. It was still used actively in French Psychiatric circles well into the 1970's.
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This formal psychiatric diagnosis was eventually joined from 1918 to 1952, and later replaced, with the modern clinical sub-divisions of Schizophrenia. It was still used actively in French Psychiatric circle well into the 1970's.
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=== Mental Illness as Schizophrenia ===
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=== Mental Illness as Bicameralism ===
  
 
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