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General paresis of the insane was first identified as a distinct disease by Antoine Laurent Jessé Bayle in the 1820s.
Although the treatment of general paresis changed dramatically once it was agreed that syphilis was the cause of the disorder, it took many years for this proposition to gain universal acceptance.
He also noted that while paresis was found rarely in rural areas, among the clergy or among women, it was found frequently among women who lived ‘irregular lives.’ Finally having earlier established to his satisfaction that tabes was due to syphilis he now pointed to the high correlation between that disorder and general paresis.
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During the nineteenth century general paresis of the insane emerged as a new psychiatric disorder which was extremely common and completely devastating.
Initially regarded as a complication of insanity by such influential psychiatrists as Jean-Etienne Dominique Esquirol, general paresis was first described as a distinct disease in 1822 by Antoine Laurent Jesse Bayle[?].
While Esmarch[?] and Jessen[?] had asserted as early as 1857 that syphilis caused general paresis, progress toward the general acceptance of this idea was begun by the eminent nineteenth-century syphilographer Alfred Fournier[?] (1832-1914).
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 General paresis of the insane
General paresis, also known as general paralysis of the insane or paralytic dementia, is a now-rare neuropsychiatric disorder affecting the brain and central nervous system.
It had been considered a psychiatric disorder before and during the nineteenth century, when it was first scientifically identified and discovered to be extremely common, because the patient usually first sought - or was brought for - treatment because of psychotic symptoms of sudden and often dramatic onset.
While Esmarch and Jessen had asserted as early as 1857 that syphilis caused general paresis, progress toward the general acceptance by the medical community of this idea was only accomplished later by the eminent nineteenth-century syphilographer Alfred Fournier (1832-1914).
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 General paresis of the insane Psychiatry
General paresis, also known as general paralysis of the insane or paralytic dementia, is a now-rare neuropsychiatricdisorder affecting the brain and central nervous system.
It had been considered a psychiatricdisorder before and during the nineteenth century, when it was first scientifically identified and discovered to be extremely common, because the patient usually first sought - or was brought for - treatment because of psychoticsymptoms of sudden and often dramatic onset.
While Esmarchand Jessenhad asserted as early as 1857that syphiliscaused general paresis, progress toward the general acceptance by the medical community of this idea was only accomplished later by the eminent nineteenth-century syphilographer Alfred Fournier(1832-1914).
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 Syphilis Info - Bored Net - Boredom   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The discovery at this first Augustine friary in England, which was destroyed in 1539, of skeletons carbon dated throught the friary existence bear bone lesions typical of tertiary venereal syphilis casts further doubt on the New World origin theory of syphilis.
The insanity caused by late-stage syphilis was once one of the more common forms of dementia; this was known as the general paresis of the insane.
In Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre, the character Edward Rochester's first wife, Bertha, is characterised as suffering from the advanced stages of syphilitic infection, general paresis of the insane, and there is plenty of corroborative evidence within the text to substantiate this view.
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 General paresis - Healthcare.com
General paresis of the insane - also known as or related to General paresis, progressive General paresis, paralytic dementia, syphilitic p...
General paresis - also known as or related to tabes dorsalis (disorder), paralytic dementia, gpi - General paresis of the insane, dementia paralytica,...
General paresis, General paresis is an impairment of mental function caused by damage to the brain from untreated syphilis.
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During the nineteenth century general paresis of the insane emerged as a new psychiatric disorder which was extremely common and completely devastating.
Based on these observations he developed the idea that the insane could be influenced by moral, that is, essentially psychological, means.13 According to Pinel passions such as joy, anger, fear and sadness affected circulatory, respiratory and gastro-intestinal functions which in turn, by a process of sympathetic influence, affected the functioning of the brain.
The second stage was characterized by a generalized mania and a worsening of the paralysis and the third by dementia and severe paralysis.
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 Syphilis - Wikinfo
The discovery at this first Augustine friary in England, which was destroyed in 1539, of skeletons carbon dated throught the friary existence bear bone lesions typical of tertiary venereal syphilis casts further doubt on the New World origin theory of syphilis.
The insanity caused by late-stage syphilis was once one of the more common forms of dementia, and was known as general paresis of the insane.
In Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre, the character Edward Rochester's first wife, Bertha, is characterised as suffering from the advanced stages of syphilitic infection, general paresis of the insane, and there is plenty of corroborative evidence within the text to substantiate this view.
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 Anxiety Zone - Causes of psychiatric disorder
General paresis of the insane is known to be caused by advanced syphilis and pellagrous insanity is caused by niacin deficiency.
Ironically neither of these are any longer thought of as psychiatric disorders, primarily because, as in this case, when a very clear and well-understood physical cause, coupled with a widely-accepted and standard treatment, becomes available for an illness, it generally moves under the heading of another medical speciality, such as neurology.
There are psychiatric problems that are related to heavy exposure to chemical causes, such as amphetamine psychosis, and lead poisoning, which can result in mental retardation.
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 eMedicine - Neurosyphilis : Article by Richard P Knudsen, MD   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The onset of psychiatric symptoms of general paresis can be insidious, first noticed by family and friends rather than the patient.
In the late stages of the disease, occurring generally within 5 years of the onset of symptoms, almost all patients with general paresis are demented, often with periodic convulsions and progressive vegetative degeneration until they die.
Patients with general paresis have demonstrated frontocortical atrophy and disseminated frontal high-signal lesions.
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It is said to depend on hypertrophy of the connective tissue of the minute vessels of the pia mater and cortical substance of the brain.
It is generally caused by a relaxed state of the body, or debility of the part, piles, drastic purgatives, or violent straining at stool.
A generally viscous, yellowish-white fluid formed in infected tissue, consisting of white blood cells, cellular debris, and necrotic tissue.
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 Neurosyphilis: Considerations for a Psychiatrist
As the illness advanced it primarily affected the spinal cord causing tabes dorsalis (or locomotor ataxia), a wasting of the posterior part of the spinal cord.
Paresis involves the general deterioration of mental and physical capabilities.
Paresis most commonly occurs in the fourth through sixth decades of life (Dewhurst, 1969).
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 Neurosyphilis
Meningitis may also irritate the brain, causing grand mal or focal seizures, and may damage cranial nerves at the base of the brain.
Parenchymatous neurosyphilis is characterized by selective destruction of neurons, a process that leads to “general paresis of the insane”.
Sometimes there is simultaneous involvement of the parenchyma of both the spinal cord and the brain (taboparesis), usually preceded by generalized paresis.
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 Julius Wagner-Jauregg (1857-1940) -- Haas 72 (1): 105 -- Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
In 1917 he proposed a new treatment for general paresis of the
insane, which was then a relatively common disorder.
insane with tertian malaria and later reported that in six of
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 Holocaust - Dirrect Cause
There is circumstantial evidence that Hitler was afflicted with disease called "General Paresis", causing his paranoia, megalomania, delusions, flight from reality, and all those symptoms that provide the only rational explanation of the insane killings.
Hitler's moodiness, flight from reality, fits of temper, sulkiness indicates the disease to be general paresis, and very often paresis is accompanied by the Parkinson's disease.
Another symptom of the General Paresis is Paranoia, defined as a psychotic disorder characterized by highly systemized delusions of persecutions or grandeur, suspiciousness, and hostility.
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 Emergence of Neurology as a Specialty in the USA
Assigned by Surgeon General William A. Hammond to work in the military hospital system at Turner's Lane Hospital in Philadelphia, Mitchell meticulously documented peripheral nerve lesions encountered in battle and studied post-traumatic disorders like phantom limb and causalgia.
Second, a general movement towards subdivisions of medical practice internationally was already in full development in France, Great Britain, and the Prussian states.
Initially, many American general practitioners of the era resisted specialization, and specifically neurological specialization, as a challenge to the established practice of medicine.
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 sg_mentalhealth: Tracing the evolution of psychiatry
By the turn of the 20th century, any hope of a curative effect of these asylums had all but died, and with it, the status of psychiatry, which had started with such high hopes and ideals, also plummeted.
At that time, a great number of these inmates suffered what was then called 'general paresis of the insane'.
This was later identified to be neurosyphilis - where the sexually-transmitted disease syphilis is its last stages, and has infiltrated the nervous system, causing psychosis, mania, dementia, paralysis and death.
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 Syphilis - syphilis symptoms
A detailed although somewhat crude description of how one might have suffered from syphilis before modern antibiotics is provided in a limerick of unknown origin [1].
For example Lucio says "[...] thy bones are hollow"; pictures of syphilis this is a reference to the brittleness of bones engendered by the use of mercury which was then widely used to treat syphilis.
In Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane what does syphilis look like Eyre, the character Edward Rochester's tuskegee syphilis experiment first wife, Bertha, is characterised as suffering from the advanced stages of syphilitic oral syphilis infection, general paresis of the insane, and there is plenty of corroborative evidence within the text to substantiate this view.
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 The inflation plague and how to protect yourself against it. Top radical market commentary
This stage of syphilis was called "General Paresis of the Insane".
The paresis part means you lose the ability to move.
Financial paresis is just like this in The Great Financial Pox’s terminal phase.
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 H. P. Lovecraft
His mother returned permanently to Providence to live in the house of her parents, a three-story clapboard mansion on Angell Street, the street where Lovecraft continued to reside for thirty-one years of his brief life.
Admitted to Butler Hospital in Providence for "general paresis of the insane," another name for syphilis, he died in 1898.
In March of 1919 she was admitted to Butler Hospital for the Insane, the same institution in which his father had died.
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 Syphilis - Wikivisual
Some passages in the Bible could refer to syphilis, especially Exodus 20:5 where the sins of the father are visited unto the third and fourth generation.
William Hogarth's A Harlot's Progress, a series of six paintings (1731, now lost) and engravings (1732) shows the story of Moll Hackabout, a country girl who moves to London, becomes a prostitute, and eventually dies of a sexually transmitted infection, widely interpreted as being syphilis.
Some critics have argued that the character of Edward Rochester's first wife, Bertha, in Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre, suffers from the advanced stages of syphilitic infection, general paresis of the insane, and point to corroborative evidence within the text to substantiate this view.
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 Syphilis
Carbon dating affirms these skeletons were buried during the existence of the friary, which was destroyed in 1539.
Examination of the friary site revealed bone lesions on two-thirds of the skeletons, including those closest to the altar, a position reserved for the richer and more generous patrons of the order.
In 1530, Girolamo Fracastoro, a physician and poet, wrote a poem from which syphilis derived its name.
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 insane - OneLook Dictionary Search
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Phrases that include insane: insane asylum, general paralysis of the insane, general paresis of the insane, insane delusion, agnews insane asylum, more...
Words similar to insane: harebrained, mad, insanely, insaneness, bonkers, crazy, irrational, loco, nuts, more...
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 Syphilis : Exploring Essential Information, Data and Explanation.
Friedrich Nietzsche are both thought to have been driven insane and ultimately killed by the disease.
novel Jane Eyre, the character Edward Rochester's first wife, Bertha, is characterised as suffering from the advanced stages of syphilitic infection, general paresis of the insane, and there is plenty of corroborative evidence within the text to substantiate this view.
Argyll-Robertson pupils, a diagnostic sign in which the small and irregular pupils constrict in response to focusing the eyes, but not to light); Tabes dorsalis, a disorder of the spinal cord, often results in a characteristic shuffling gait.
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 Neurosyphilis
One study implicated neurosyphilis as the causative agent in three of 268 cases of schizophrenia (Johnstone, et al, 1987).
With the high prevalence of psychiatric disease in the general population and the relatively low incidence of neurosyphilis, it is likely that a significant number of psychiatric patients also have neurosyphilis contributing in varying amounts to their condition.
Adults with new onset partial seizures of unknown etiology, whether remaining focal or with secondary generalization, should be screened for neurosyphilis (Hotson, 1981).
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