alienism


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alienism

(1) Mental disorder.
(2) An obsolete term for the study of mental disorders (i.e., psychiatry).  (3) Asplenia.
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155, emphasis added), and goes on: 'Unquestionably the Jews, having been more than any other race exposed to the adverse moral influences of alienism, must, both in individuals and in groups, have suffered some corresponding moral degradation' (p.
Wilson, "Erasmus Darwin and the 'Noble' Disease (Gout): Conceptualizing Heredity and Disease in Enlightenment England"; Laure Cartron, "Degeneration and 'Alienism' in Early Nineteenth-Century France"; Staffan Muller-Wille, "Figures of Inheritance, 1650-1850"; Marc J.
Alienism (the original name for psychiatry) and neurology developed by the 1830s and 1860s respectively as the direct result of the fragmentation of the old grand Cullean category of 'Neurosis', and of the broadening of the notion of 'lesion' which by the end of the century indistinctly referred to failures and solutions of continuity in putative 'structural', 'physiological' or 'psychological' domains.