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(1949). Psychiatric Quarterly. XXII, 1948: Psychosomatic Aspects of the Korsakoff Syndrome. G. M. Davidson. Pp. 1–17.. Psychoanal Q., 18:262-263.

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Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychiatric Quarterly. XXII, 1948: Psychosomatic Aspects of the Korsakoff Syndrome. G. M. Davidson. Pp. 1–17.

(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:262-263

Psychiatric Quarterly. XXII, 1948: Psychosomatic Aspects of the Korsakoff Syndrome. G. M. Davidson. Pp. 1–17.

Davidson submitted eight male patients suffering from Korsakoff's Syndrome to sodium amytal interviews to determine to what extent personal material could be obtained to explain certain difficulties of memory with special reference to confabulation. He discusses three of these interviews. He noted that the patients showed considerable improvement of memory for the duration of the narcosis. The statement that the mechanisms of amnesia and confabulation in these cases are obviously rooted in the dynamics of early life seems too broad to be covered by the presented facts. Although Davidson's statement that 'psychoanalysis has not contributed anything specific with reference to


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Korsakoff's Syndrome' may be true, his failure to mention, in his review of the literature, the outstanding paper by Ferenczi and Hóllos on the Pathoneurosis, Psychoanalysis and the Psychic Disorder of General Paresis, seems a significant oversight.


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(1949). Psychiatric Quarterly. XXII, 1948. Psychoanal. Q., 18:262-263

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