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Ferenczi, S. (1918). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 320.

Ferenczi, S. (1918). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 320

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Sándor Ferenczi

[Enclosure:]1

I am enclosing the interesting remarks by F. Schanz2 about light sensitivity. I think the way in which light first acts on the negative, and the “photo-chemical” substance which coats it is only then “sensitized” by changes in the negative, can serve as a model for changes in the neuropsychic apparatus in general. The change would then really (as you surmised) come about between the systems (in the intermediary substance of the neurons), and only then “sensitizes” the nerve element which is otherwise “trans-parent” (permeable) to excitation. I also have a hazy suspicion that a connection will be able to be made from Schanz's train of thought to your assumption about the process of consciousness. In any case, a higher functional significance than we have hitherto surmised is added to the synapses of the neurons as well as to the myelin sheath, which has hitherto only been considered to be a protective covering and isolator. Actually, many sleep medications and anesthetics act on the lipids of the myelin sheath with the aid of its effects.

Notes to "Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud"

1 Undated. Balint notes “probably 1918”; placed in the photostat folder as the last communication of 1918.

2 Possibly Fritz Schantz (1863-1887), an ophthalmologist in Dresden.

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