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Macmillan, M. (1990). Freud and Janet on Organic and Hysterical Paralyses: A Mystery Solved?. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 17:189-203.

(1990). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 17:189-203

Freud and Janet on Organic and Hysterical Paralyses: A Mystery Solved?

Malcolm Macmillan


I have argued that it was Janet's thesis that the details of hysterical symptoms were determined by ideas that enabled Freud to complete his comparison of the organic and hysterical paralyses. Janet's positive characterization allowed Freud to go beyond the previous nosographic limits and, because of the way it meshed with some of Jackson's ideas, it also provided an important basis for Freud's

founding psychoanalytic theory on the vicissitudes of affective life.

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