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December 1931

Perspektiven der Seelenheilkunde.

Arch NeurPsych. 1931;26(6):1365-1366. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1931.02230120248017

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The desire to get at the final quintessence of the essence of schizophrenia through the very essence of the self of the person runs through this remarkable exposition of a psychology of intentionalism. Subjectivity with a dynamic note, "consciousness as a creative act, as an achievement and as the salvation of selfhood, threatened by anticipated death, sensed and experienced as approaching in the struggle with anxiety or sleep"—that is Kronfeld's fundamental quintessence of schizophrenia, involving all the intentional processes of the person. It is not necessary to search for structural or localizatory corroborations. Kronfeld wants the wise inquirer to know where to stop, lest he might become like Kant's funny man who tries to milk a buck while another holds a sieve for him. "The medical-nosologic point of view is and will be ineffective where we deal with mentality and its modalities and forms." Can this be true?

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