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February 1922


Arch NeurPsych. 1922;7(2):284. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1922.02190080135015

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This is a screed against reformers and especially against prohibitionists by an avowed psychanalyst, apparently not a physician. That the author is a competent psychanalyst we greatly doubt. That he is superficial is obvious. To the reviewer the text smacks strongly of the product of one writing principally to turn out copy.

The argument is presented in the form of eight theses. A few of these will indicate its trend.

Second thesis: That the reformer is a hysteriac and that his social activities are the result of his abnormal condition.

Fourth thesis: That the reformer's hysteria results from an inhibition of normal sexual life and is a form of sexual perversion.

Fifth thesis: That prohibition is not essentially different from other reformist activities; that it is the result of sexual perversion and is a sadistic gratification of the sexual desire.

Sixth thesis: That the drinking of alcoholic beverages has a