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Weiss, E. (1920). Italian Literature. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 1:455-456.

(1920). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 1:455-456

Italian Literature

Edoardo Weiss

1. Dott. M. Levi Bianchini: Psicoanalisi ed Isterismo, Il Manicomio, archivio di psichiatria e scienze affini, 1913, No 1.

In this work Psycho-Analysis is adjudged as having a scientific value, though with reservation: "Without being admissible as a systematic and specific means of investigation of psychopathic and psychoneurotic phenomena, Psycho-Analysis gains a decided value when it is destined to apply a generic and universal right line to analytical investigations of the normal, and also of the diseased consciousness".

In the historical presentation of Psycho-Analysis the author dwells long on the original conception of the mechanism of hysteria as it was published by Breuer and Freud in 1895. Also the further phase of the psycho-analytic method, the abandonment of hypnosis, is brought forward, yet the psycho-analytic technique of to-day is not recapitulated sufficiently in detail. One misses the rendering of the psycho-analytical conception of the mechanism and genesis of the neuroses.

We would also mention that the author represented the fact as completely inexplicable by the sexual theory that hysteria appears also in individuals "who are not only completely normal but almost too frigid", in others who are completely satisfied sexually, such as prostitutes and old people; the author thinks that logically no sexual conflicts can or should exist in all these people.

In spite of such objections, however, the author wishes in conclusion to acknowledge the high value of Psycho-Analysis.

2. E. Lugaro (Prof. of Psychiatryin Turin): La psichiatria tedesca nella storia e attualita. VI. I Secessionisti., Revista di Patologia nervosa e mentale, 1917, Fasc. 2.


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