Memory in Chronic CNS Infections

  • Aman U. Khan
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


General paresis of the insane was the first mental illness that was clearly attributed to the chronic infection of the brain. Availability of treatment with penicillin halted the progress of dementia in most of the cases and confirmed the infectious nature of the disease and is mostly of historical interest. However, many other bacteria and viruses have been shown to be related to degenerative changes in the brain, causing progressive dementia.


Bacterial Meningitis Measle Virus Progressive Multifocalleukoencephalopathy Language Disorder Progressive Dementia 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aman U. Khan
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  1. 1.Southern Illinois University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA

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