This paper describes some of the concerns that motivated the committee developing the new classification of personality disorders for the DSM-V. They included the tension between empirical research on normal populations, on the one hand, and clinicians interested in the personality disorders constellations found in clinical settings, on the other.
Although the propensity to develop schizophrenia has long been attributed in part to a “genetic” component, this component does not follow Mendelian laws and may be primarily epigenetic.
The “Zurich Host Family Programme” (ZHFP) gives patients with acute psychiatric symptoms the opportunity to avoid hospitalisation by living with a host family under routine treatment provided by the ZHFP team. From the very beginning, ZHFP treatment outcomes and quality of care were assessed for all patients with standardised forms and well-established instruments.
Pioneers of epilepsy surgery, such as Wilder Penfield, Percival Bailey, Murray Falconer, Paolo Niemeyer and Gazi Yasargil, recognised decades ago that temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) responds well to surgical procedures. Even today, approximately two thirds of resective epilepsy surgical procedures are carried out on the temporal lobe.
A 28-year-old man experienced two episodes of acute headache with negative scotoma and palinopsia. All symptoms recovered spontaneously after one hour but palinopsia still persisted.
The aim of this section is to prepare the neurologist-in-training for the FMH examination, to confront her or him with specific problems of everyday neurological practice, and to give him or her updates of recent controversies in clinical neurology.