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Organic Brain Syndromes in DSM-III

  • Z. J. Lipowski

Abstract

Psychiatric manifestations of brain disorders are fast becoming a major area of research at the interface of psychiatry and the neurosciences. Neglected for decades by investigators and clinicians alike, especially in North America, the organic brain syndromes (OBS) have attracted growing interest lately because of their high prevalence and incidence in the elderly, whose numbers are increasing throughout the world. Moreover, advances in medicine, such as critical care and new drugs and surgical procedures, have helped to save lives but at the same time allowed survival of many individuals exhibiting evidence of transient or permanent brain dysfunction and its psychiatric correlates. Thus, the frequency of organic psychiatric disorders has been rising and they pose a challenge to psychiatrists to assist in their diagnosis, treatment and study.

Keywords

American Psychiatric Association Organic Factor Psychiatric Manifestation Organic Brain Syndrome Organic Mental Disorder 
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    Lipowski, Z.J., Organic mental disorders—an American perspective, Br J Psychiatry, in press.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. J. Lipowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Clarke Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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