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Eder, M.D. (1931). Don't be Tired: By Dr. Peter Schmidt. Translated by Mary Chadwick. (G. P. Putnam's Sons, London and New York, 1930. Price 3 s. 6 d. net.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 12:120.

(1931). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 12:120

Don't be Tired: By Dr. Peter Schmidt. Translated by Mary Chadwick. (G. P. Putnam's Sons, London and New York, 1930. Price 3 s. 6 d. net.)

Review by:
M. D. Eder

This little book, written for the layman, puts the problem of fatigue and pathological fatigue in the right place.

At the end of the day's work one is tired, relaxes and sleeps; at the end of the year's work one is tired, relaxes and goes on holiday. Pathological fatigue presents an entirely different picture, very well described by Dr. Schmidt (pp. 14–18).

Pathological fatigue is a nervous illness whose explanation the author offers in terms of Freud's theory of the unconscious (pp. 49–92). The remainder of the book gives practical advice, and common-sense recommendations for the treatment of the illness when psycho-analysis, which Dr. Schmidt regards as the treatment by election, cannot be undertaken. Vasectomy has been carried out successfully Dr. Schmidt claims, in a large number of cases for the treatment of the fatigue of old age.

Miss Chadwick's translation makes the book an English essay on morbid tiredness and its treatment that is excellently suited to the layman, and not without value to the medical profession.

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