Delirium: From Past to Present



Delirium is an acute alteration of cognition hallmarked by disorganized thinking and inattention. It is one of the first recognized mental disorders that had a historical past for more than 2500 years. The concept began with the description of the clinical aspects of delirium over the centuries; indeed, the reported signs and symptoms of the disorder remained consistent through the centuries, but the terms to refer to it varied. Being a very noteworthy illustration of combining behavioral and medical symptoms since the very early centuries, it deserves to be discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unit for Brain Aging and Dementia, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Geriatric MedicineDokuz Eylul UniversityIzmirTurkey

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