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Rothschild, L. (1935). Clinical: Gregory Zilboorg. 'The Problem of Constitution in Psychopathology.' The Psycho-analytic Quarterly, July 1934, Volume III, No. 3, p. 339.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 16:223-224.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Clinical: Gregory Zilboorg. 'The Problem of Constitution in Psychopathology.' The Psycho-analytic Quarterly, July 1934, Volume III, No. 3, p. 339.

(1935). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 16:223-224

Clinical: Gregory Zilboorg. 'The Problem of Constitution in Psychopathology.' The Psycho-analytic Quarterly, July 1934, Volume III, No. 3, p. 339.

Leonard Rothschild

Clinical psycho-analytic practice has proved that no matter what the given clinical entity of mental disturbance, every psychopathological state has its intimate individual history. We have not yet at our disposal any definite criteria by means of which we can measure and subtract the degree of identification from direct hereditary influence. This vitiates in advance the results of any study of heredity. Only if it were possible clinically to follow through the developmental vicissitudes of the various instinctual drives, which in a variety of constellations make up the individual members of a family, could we gain insight into which elements represent heredity

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and how a given individual happens to be affected by them. Two cases are cited in which the problem is attacked in this manner. The conclusion reached is that pregenital and component instinctual trends are the hereditary factor after being separated from the fraction induced by parental predisposition.

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Rothschild, L. (1935). Clinical. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 16:223-224

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