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Chapter 7 - Personality Disorders and Comorbidity with Other Mental Illness

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 February 2022

Peter Tyrer
Affiliation:
Imperial College London
Roger Mulder
Affiliation:
University of Otago, New Zealand
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As we have already noted from the history of personality disorder, when very little was known apart from the humoral theory of disease, it was common to think of temperament (aka personality) as the main progenitor of illness, with all other psychological symptoms considered as secondary epiphenomena. For example, Robert Burton described dozens of symptoms linked to the melancholic temperament, rather too many in his view: ‘The tower of Babel never yielded such confusion of tongues as the chaos of melancholy doth variety of symptoms,’ (Burton, 1621; republished 1927).

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Personality Disorder
From Evidence to Understanding
, pp. 57 - 68
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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