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Richard Noll, PhD

Richard Noll, PhD

Dr Noll is Associate Professor of Psychology at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. His most recent book, American Madness: The Rise and Fall of Dementia Praecox (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press; 2011), was the winner of the 2012 Cheiron Book Prize and a 2012 BMA Medical Book Award, Highly Commended in Psychiatry, from the British Medical Association.

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In the 1980s, thousands of patients insisted they were recovering childhood memories of physical and sexual abuse during Satanic cult rituals. Here: a look back at the moral panic.

Emil Kraepelin diagnosed the paranoid, catatonic, and hebephrenic forms of dementia praecox, a disease he created.

When this physician published an article containing his case summaries of 3 women with dementia praecox, he made it clear that this was a disease that neurologists and physicians in general practice could easily and reliably diagnose by following his diagnostic procedures.

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