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Psychogenic Unresponsiveness

Jerome B. Posner, Clifford B. Saper, Nicholas D. Schiff and Fred Plum

in Plum and Posner's Diagnosis of Stupor and Coma

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780195321319
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322954 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195321319.003.0574

Series: Contemporary Neurology Series

Psychogenic Unresponsiveness

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Differentiating psychogenic neurologic symptoms from those caused by structural disease is often very difficult. The difficulty arises in part because many patients are very accurate in mimicking neurologic signs (actors are often used to train medical students in the diagnosis of neurologic illnesses) and, in part, because many patients with psychogenic neurologic disorders (conversion reactions) also have somatic disease, the somatic illness representing a stressor that causes psychologic problems.

Chapter.  7008 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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