Concepts of Schizophrenia: Current Developments and Future Perspectives

  • J. K. Wing
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At a recent symposium held on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the University of Heidelberg, the previous past occupant of the Chair of Psychiatry, Werner Janzarik, described the history and discussed the problems of the concept of schizophrenia. He began his paper with the incontrovertible observation that the history of schizophrenia is the history of clinical syndromes that were “only gradually, and at a relatively late period, grouped under the new designation after numerous differentiations and reclassifications.” He ended the lecture with the statement: “So far, there is no conclusively defined disease known as schizophrenia. The history of the concept is a history, not of medical discoveries, but of the intellectual models on which the orientation of psychiatry is based” (Janzarik 1987).


Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Delusional Disorder Schizoid Personality Psychiatric Nosology Natural Hierarchy 
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