The “organic brain syndrome”

Journal: Die Psychiatrie - Grundlagen und Perspektiven
ISSN: 1614-4864
Issue: 2008 (Vol. 5): Issue 1 2008
Pages: 13-17

The “organic brain syndrome”

H. Förstl
Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, TU München, Klinikum rechts der Isar


dementia, Alzheimer, Neurodegeneration, “Organic brain syndrome”, Lewy-body


Nosological entities are popular for their simplicity and easy use for practical purposes. This appears adequate in acute traumatic, vascular or inflammatory cerebral lesions with psychological disturbances. This conceptual approach is, however, inappropriate in most of the neurodegenerative and vascular brain changes of old age. These misconceptions represent a major obstacle for scientific research and the development of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies.

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