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‘Psychogenic’: a word and its mutations

  • Aubrey Lewis (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 July 2009

The word ‘psychogenic’ was introduced into psychiatry in 1894 by Robert Sommer. Many attempts have been made to clarify the concept it denotes and apply it to clinical purposes. These attempts have been bedevilled by unsettled philosophical problems. It is suggested that the word should be decently buried.

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