History | Epidemiology | Clinical Features | Differential Diagnosis | Etiology | Treatment
Pritchard (1835) used the term moral
insanity to describe people with a pattern of repeated
immoral behaviors for which they were not fully responsible. The
disorder he characterized has been described by many other psychiatric
luminaries using a variety of labels (Millon 1981).
Even as psychiatry has decried the use of this diagnosis for excusing antisocial
acts, it has been steadfast in recognizing that such persons have
significant psychological impairment.