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Morbi Mentales: Linnaeus’  Classification of  Mental Illness
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Literature and History of Ideas.
2010 (English)In: LINN S’O’S NEWS. Newsletter of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, no 135, 2-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Parallel to the classification of the vegetal world, Carl Linnaeus developed in pamphlets and seminars a system of medical diagnosis that comprised both somatic and mental illness. The Systema naturæ was complemented by Systema morborum, the system of diseases, which he presented in an unpublished lecture series at Uppsala University. In his nosological system, using symptoms as criteria of classification, he arranged different “species” of diseases in classes, orders, and genera in the same manner as he classified plants. With characteristic methodological zeal and attention to detail, and with a wealth of observations and case studies, Linnaeus studied mental disorders.


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Kingsford NSW, Australia: The Linnean Society , 2010. no 135, 2-6 p.
Keyword [en]
Carl von Linné, Carl Linnaeus's Systema Morborum, morbi mentales; Deficiencies in judgement, morbi judiciales; imagination (imaginatio), will / desire (voluntas)
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History of Ideas Psychiatry Specific Languages
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Medicine; Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-41825OAI: diva2:337842
Paper presented at Sydney in 2009. For an earlier version, accessible online, see "Fear of Forests" (2007).Available from: 2010-08-09 Created: 2010-08-09 Last updated: 2012-08-08

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