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Deutsch, F. (1948). Dynamische Reaktionspathologie (Dynamic Pathology of Reactions): By Kurt von Neergaard. Basel: Benno Schwabe & Co., 1946. 317 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 17:282-283.

(1948). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 17:282-283

Dynamische Reaktionspathologie (Dynamic Pathology of Reactions): By Kurt von Neergaard. Basel: Benno Schwabe & Co., 1946. 317 pp.

Review by:
Felix Deutsch

The phrase, Dynamic Pathology of Reactions, as used in this book means that pathologic organic conditions should not be looked upon as a product of a static process but rather as one which is the result of a continual active and reactive occurrence. The author considers this concept as a new one and unnecessary because of the revolutionary turn in modern physics, a science closely related to medicine. Plank's quantum theory has replaced the former mechanic and static concept of physics. The complete change of the meaning of the time factor in physics changed the concept of disease from one of being, to one of happening—a historical process.

The axiom of the 'substance', which was the basis of the mechanistic thinking in medicine, and which led to the long-lasting preponderance of the morphologic concept in biology and organ pathology, had to be given up. Classical physics had to readapt to the new discovery of space and time as an inseparable function; likewise, the viewpoint of functional organic processes. The demechanization of physics threw new light also upon the mind-body problem.

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