DSM-III: Guiding Principles

  • Robert L. Spitzer
  • Michael Sheehy
  • Jean Endicott


In September, 1973 a new Task Force on Nomenclature and Statistics of the American Psychiatric Association was constituted to develop the Third Edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-III). This conference is an opportune time to discuss the principles that have guided the Task Force. Many of these principles are clear to us now only as we step back and review the logic implicit in the countless decisions that we have made. As these principles become more explicit, they can guide subsequent work and provide standards for review of what already has been accomplished.


Personality Disorder Psychiatric Diagnosis Bipolar Affective Disorder Formal Thought Disorder Organic Mental Disorder 
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  • Robert L. Spitzer
  • Michael Sheehy
  • Jean Endicott

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