BERI BERI

A vitamin deficiency disease which may have psychological as well as physical effects.The disorder was prevalent at one time in the Far East, where...

BESTIALITY (Zooerasty, Zoophilia)

A sexual deviation in which excitement or gratification is achieved through relations with animals. The term includes actual intercourse as well as stimulation through...

BIBLIOTHERAPY

A form of supportive psychotherapy in which the patient is given carefully selected material to read.During the era of “moral treatment” many physicians used...

BILIRUBIN ENCEPHALOPATHY (Kemicterus)

A toxic brain disorder occurring in infants, due to accumulation in the gall bladder of bilirubin, a red breakdown product of hemoglobin. The condition...

BINET, ALFRED (1857-1911)

Binet, originator of the first true intelligence test, was born in Nice, France. Though trained as a lawyer, he never practiced that profession but...

BIOGENIC AMINES

A group of amines (derivatives of amino acids), three of which are known to exert important influences on the nervous system: epinephrine, norepinephrine and...

BIRTH ADJUSTMENTS

When a baby is born he goes through the most abrupt, complete, and dramatic change of surroundings in his entire life. For nine months...

BARBITURATE ADDICTION

Physical and psychological dependence on barbiturate drugs. Barbiturate sedatives rank with the opiates and alcohol as the major addiction drugs in use today. Taken...

BARBITURATE INTOXICATION

Barbiturate poisoning is the most common cause of brain disorder due to toxic conditions. It is also the toxic disorder which most frequently leads...

BEHAVIOR DISORDERS

A somewhat loose term with three major applications. First, it is occasionally applied to any type of abnormal behavior, or behavior pathology, and in...

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