2013 issue 1


Volume 22, issue 1

Review article

Classifications of mental disorders by Adolf Rothe (1832-1903)

Ryszard Kujawski1
1. Wojewódzki Szpital dla Nerwowo i Psychicznie Chorych, Świecie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2013; 22 (1): 75–85
Keywords: classifications of mental disorders, history of Polish psychiatry


Objective. The article presents classifications of mental disorders published by a Polish psychiatrist, Adolf Rothe (1832-1903).
Review. Rothe proposed three classifications for the following purposes: statistic reports (published in the 1860s, 1870s and 1880s), forensic psychiatric expert opinions (1879), and to be used by psychiatrists in clinical practice (1885).
Commentary. Rothe’s classifications were modeled on the solutions applied in Germany by Wilhelm Griesinger and Heinrich Schüle. Adolf Rothe adapted them to the Polish tradition and psychiatric nomenclature. His classifications described categorization of mental disorders in accordance with psychiatric practice in that period. The development of the Polish version of the Griesinger classification in 1861 is described in the paper. The present author proposed to name the adaptation „The Warsaw Classification”.

Address for correspondence:
Ryszard Kujawski
Wojewódzki Szpital dla Nerwowo i Psychicznie Chorych
ul. Sądowa 18, 86-100 Świecie
e-mail: rykuj@op.pl