The Apallic Syndrome

  • G. Peters
  • G. Dalle Ore
  • F. Grerstenbrand
  • C. H. Lücking
  • U. H. Peters

Part of the Monographien aus dem Gesamtgebiete der Psychiatrie book series (PSYCHIATRIE, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Das apallische Syndrom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. E. Kretschmer
      Pages 2-5
  3. Clinical Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. U. H. Peters, F. Gerstenbrand
      Pages 8-13
    3. F. Gerstenbrand
      Pages 14-21
    4. G. Dalle Ore
      Pages 26-28
    5. F. Gerstenbrand, H. J. Avenarius, H. P. Preissler
      Pages 29-36
    6. G. P. Liebaldt, I. Schleip
      Pages 37-43
    7. H. H. Wieck, R. Rettelbach, B. Heerklotz, K. A. Flügel
      Pages 50-56
    8. U. H. Peters
      Pages 59-68
  4. Pathology

  5. Pathophysiology

  6. Additional Diagnostic Methods and Investigations

  7. Therapy

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 232-262

About this book


The subject of the apallic syndrome is one which has long been familiar to me, although I have not personally studied it as deeply as I would have wished. I became acquainted with this syndrome long before the last war, when my neurosurgical colleague Hugh Cairns (1952), made his pioneer contribution under the term "akinetic mutism" . This was an ar­ resting title, but it was one which did not altogether satisfy some of his colleagues, includ­ ing myself. We found it difficult to suggest an alternative. That is one reason why I wel­ come the expression "apallic syndrome" . Forensic practice has forced me from time to time to consider rather more deeply this distressing syndrome, and to try and marshal my ideas in a form which would satisfy my colleagues in the legal profession. More than once I have been instructed to make a medico­ legal assessment of these unfortunate patients. The points which have concerned my lawyer friends have not been matters of diagnosis, or of morbid anatomy, or of etiology. The fac­ tual problem which has been put before me was to make some approximate assessment as to the expectation of life. Vague guess-work is unacceptable in such circumstances. What the lawyers require is a precise and dogmatic answer.


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Editors and affiliations

  • G. Peters
    • 1
  • G. Dalle Ore
    • 2
  • F. Grerstenbrand
    • 3
  • C. H. Lücking
    • 4
  • U. H. Peters
    • 5
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für PsychiatrieMünchen 40Germany
  2. 2.Università di Neurochirurgia di PadovaVeronaItaly
  3. 3.Neurologische UniversitätsklinikInnsbruckAustria
  4. 4.Neurologische KlinikTechnischen UniversitätMünchen 80Germany
  5. 5.Neuropsychiatrische KlinikJohannes-Gutenberg-Universität MainzMainzGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-81153-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-81151-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-0671
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