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Hypothesis Concerning “Natural” Mortality in Psychiatry

  • Ph. Corten
  • M. Ribourdouille
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Abstract

The high mortality rate amongst psychiatric patients has been a well-known phenomenon for a long time (Esquirol 1838; Griesinger 1865; Cullere 1890; von Kraft-Ebing 1897). In 1838, Esquirol had already underlined the problem at the Bicêtre Hospital between 1784–1794 (Esquirol 1838), while the first paper on the subject using statistical methods dates from 1841 (Farr 1841). The first question is whether or not the phenomenon of high mortality still exists today: Craig and Lin (1981) have described an excess death rate in a psychiatric population in New York both before and after the introduction of psychotropic drugs.

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Psychiatric Illness Psychiatric Patient Physical Illness Mental Hospital Psychiatric Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ph. Corten
    • 1
  • M. Ribourdouille
    • 1
  1. 1.École de Santé PubliqueU.L.B.BruxellesBelgium

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