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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 83:859 doi:10.1136/jnnp-2011-301854
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Mood disorder as a specific complication of stroke

  1. Alan J Carson
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alan J Carson, Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; a.carson{at}ed.ac.uk
  • Received 17 November 2011
  • Accepted 21 December 2011
  • Published Online First 29 January 2012

MOOD DISORDER AS A SPECIFIC COMPLICATION OF STROKE1

Authors: Folstein MF, Maiberger R, McHugh PR

Year published: 1977

Dr Alan J Carson, University of Edinburgh, discusses the realisation that depression after stroke was not simply a reaction to disability

Appraising the impact of Folstein et al's1 1977 report on ‘Mood disorder as a specific complication of stroke’ is a challenging task for someone who did not enter medical school until the mid-1980s. Stroke changed in the 1970s, and the view in retrospect appears unrecognisable. This was a dramatic change, from an intellectual backwater too dull for neurologists to even bother seeing, to become a hot topic: a disease to be …

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