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the lack of decision in the writing


Writing specimen 11. Agraphia
under heading General Symptomatology

ex Emil Kraepelin. General Paresis. Authorized English Translation by J[oseph] W[aldron] Moore. Nervous and Mental Disease Monograph Series, No. 14
New York: The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Publishing Company, 1913
UC Berkeley copy, digitized April 16, 2007

“In the early stages of the disease the writing, as a rule, appears to be smaller and the pressure lighter, while the rapidity is lessened,—an indication of the insidiously approaching weakness which endeavors to equalize, to a certain extent, the difficulty in writing by making it smaller ; later, with ever increasing slowness, the pressure and size again increase. We can perhaps see in this an indication of the beginning ataxia... One must admit that these results correspond satisfactorily with the gross visible changes in the paretic writing. They explain, on the one hand, the lack of decision in the writing, and on the other, its irregularity and loss of personal characteristic.”   p 31

10 November 2013

asemics; ataxia; handwriting
Emil Kraepelin, General Paresis (1913)