Show Summary Details
Page of

Delirious Mania and Febrile Catatonia 

Delirious Mania and Febrile Catatonia
Chapter:
Delirious Mania and Febrile Catatonia
Author(s):

Edward Shorter

and Max Fink

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190881191.003.0008
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 05 March 2021

The acute onset of excited, aggressive, and destructive states, often febrile, described as Bell’s mania and Stauder’s delirium are hallmarks in the literature. Death is frequent. Subjects are disoriented, and delirious with catatonia signs of mutism, posturing, and repetitive speech. Treatments were ineffective until multiple daily induced seizures (ECT) were shown to be life-saving. A syndrome of nostalgia was also described in French and German armies among subjects pining to death. Delirious mania and its fatal variants were a rock-solid part of traditional psychiatric diagnosis. By the 1960s, almost everywhere in the UK and Europe, fatal delirious mania or pernicious catatonia was an accepted part of psychiatric diagnostics that a clinician would ignore at the patient’s peril.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.