Dr. Wilhelm Strohmayer tells us that amentia has in Germany gained a recognised significance to denote a form of insanity which has pre viously gone under the names of acute delusion, acute confusional, or insanity with hallucinations (akuter Wahnsinn, akute halluzinatorésche Venvirrheit, akutes halluzénalorisches Irrestiti). This form comprises the acute insanities which have for their main symptom mental confusion, the result of dissociation or incoherency of representation. The most marked manifestation of this derangement may be described as a dreamy bewilderment of consciousness. Around this mental confusion are grouped various disorders of perception, changing illusions, hallucinations, and fleeting, unsystematised, delusive ideas, which arise from the incoherence of the mental representations. The same incoherency prevails in the emotional and motor capacities.
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