A comparison of first admissions of Mania in Prague, Aarhus and London
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The incidence of admissions for the diagnosis of a manic episode of affective psychosis was investigated for a period of 10 years (1963–1972) in the Prague population by means of a manual case register. The incidence was 0.75 per 100,000 inhabitants in the 18 to 60 age group which is 6 to 7 times lower than the figures given in similar studies in Aarhus (Denmark) and London (U.K.). The relatively low admission incidence of mania in Prague can be accounted for only to a small extent by differences in diagnostic criteria. The main part of the difference cannot be elucidated without a special design not used in the present study. As to their symptoms, the Prague patients approximate to those from Aarhus and London, while differing from patients of non-European origin in the London sample.
KeywordsPublic Health Main Part Manual Case Special Design Small Extent
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