general paresis


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general paresis

[¦jen·rəl pə′rē·səs]
(medicine)
An inflammatory and degenerative disease of the brain caused by infection with Treponema pallidum. Also known as syphilitic meningoencephalitis.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Szasz cites syphilitic dementia as the classic example of a mental illness (general paresis) that turned out to be a brain disease.
Old records and documents refer to it as the general paresis of the insane.
Among their cases are a comparison two cases of 19th-century general paresis in Guy de Maupassant and Friedrich Nietzsche, substance abuse versus epilepsy in Edgar Allan Poe, Immanuel Kant's evolution from a personality disorder to a dementia, bipolar disorder as an explanation of Van Gogh's night, the terminal illness and last compositions of Maurice Ravel, Georg Friedrich Handel's strokes, and music and brain in Gershwin and Shebalin.

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