• bipolar disorders;
  • historical case report;
  • Life-Chart Method

Objectives:  Nowadays, the use of the Life-Chart Methodology is common in bipolar disorder clinics. Our aim was to present a chart from the Archives of the University Heidelberg (Germany).

Methods:  The clinical case records dating from Emil Kraepelin's direction of the Psychiatric Clinic at Heidelberg were systematically screened.

Results:  Among the clinical records of patients suffering from manic depressive illness we located one record with a detailed charting of the clinical course.

Conclusions:  The chart reviewed shows that the Life-Chart Method was used more than a hundred years ago and for the same purpose, as an aid to clinicians.