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Pfister, O. (1921). Letter from Oskar Pfister to Sigmund Freud, January 14, 1921. The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 59:80.

(1921). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 59:80

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Oskar Pfister


… I have made a wonderful discovery in Plato which will give you pleasure. Nachmansohn in his paper missed the most important thing of all. Plato wrote the following: ‘For the art of healing … is knowledge of the body's loves … and he who is able to distinguish between the good and bad kinds, and is able to bring about a change, so that the body acquires one kind of love instead of the other, and is able to impart love to those in whom there is none … is the best physician.’ Plato traces back all art, religion, morality, to love, and he also has an admirable knowledge of the unconscious, the conflicting aspirations of the mind….

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