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New Book by William Martens "The Firebirds Among the Psychopaths Development and Remission in Psychopathy"

New York, NY, January 12, 2015 --( This book is an attempt to describe and make understandable this rare phenomenon of complete remission in psychopathy and the developmental embedding of it. In this book the history of the concept of psychopathy; the psychosocial, psychodynamic, genetic and neurobiological aspects, the diagnostic tools as well as the therapeutic determinants of the phenomenon will be discussed in this volume.

A complete remission of psychopathy is defined as complete disappearance of all such manifestations of disease. The case reports of remitted criminal and noncriminal psychopaths which are presented in this book are the only examples of real remission in a sample 667 patients which were treated in a forensic psychiatric hospital between 1966 and 1995. This a percentage of just nearly 2%. They might become “weller than well” as Karl Menninger called this phenomenon in his study of remitted in schizophrenic patients. This means that these patients are not just cured, but their life as very much enriched by the experience of conquer the disorder and self-transformation. They will continue improve still further.

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William Martens studied counterpoint, harmony, fuga, composition and film music between 1968 and 1972 with Nadia Boulanger and Darius Milhaud at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris in France. He participated in the 1970 Master Class "Music Concrete" of Pierre Schaeffer.

"Between 1969 and1978 he was appointed as Music Supervisor/Coordinator and film composer by the French network. He studied between 1978-1983 Philosophy and Clinical Psychopathology at Amsterdam University. In 1985 he completed his study psychoanalysis with Paul-Laurent Assoun (Paris). In 1997 he earned his PhD Forensic Psychiatry at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Martens wrote more than 100 articles in international journals and chapters of books. He worked for 36 years as a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst in forensic psychiatric hospitals.

Dr Martens is Advisor Psychiatry appointed by the European Commission (Leonardo da Vinci), and Chair of W. Kahn Institute of Theoretical Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
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