Neurological and Mental Diagnosis

Neurological and Mental Diagnosis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...hint, which would serve as a basis for further inquiry. In eliciting delusions, direct questions are less pernicious than in searching for some of the other symptoms. Hence, one may ask directly: Are you persecuted in any way? Have you enemies? Do you possess much wealth? Are you troubled? Are you grieving over something you have done? Is there anything the matter with your body? your heart? lungs? stomach? etc. Are you disturbed by peculiar influences? etc. In case such questions fail to elicit delusions, and the patients show reserve and tend to answer briefly and abruptly, or refuse altogether to speak of personal matters, one must be tactful in uncovering delusional ideas. Sometimes if the patients are disturbed because of the restraint of liberty or because they must submit to nursing and medical attention, one can disclose delusions by simply asking why they have been deprived of their liberty, or are under the care of a physician. More often it is necessary to introduce some subject of personal interest, such as their employment, their travels, favorite literature or recreation. Following up closely the personal element in the conversation, some hint as to delusional ideas is apt to be inadvertently dropped. Again one may ask such questions as: What is your idea of trusts? Have you ever been a member of a trade union, and has it benefited you? Where have you travelled, and what countries did you most enjoy? A full discussion of matters of mutual interest, particularly matters that concern the patient's livelihood, very often disclose delusions that cannot be otherwise elicited. Among women, domestic cares, church and social relations, and especially neighborhood differences are fruitful sources for discussion. Somatic delusions may be...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236660749
  • 9781236660749