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February 1934

DREAM ANALYSISITS APPLICATION IN THERAPY AND RESEARCH IN MENTAL DISEASES

Author Affiliations

IOWA CITY

From the Iowa State Psychopathic Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1934;31(2):356-372. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1934.02250020144007
Abstract

Accumulated evidence supporting the value of dream analysis as an aid in the understanding and treatment of mental disease has now reached a stage at which it is hardly possible for even the most skeptical to doubt its usefulness as a method in clinical psychiatry. Regardless of how far one wishes to go in accepting all the claims made by some extreme proponents, it must be admitted that the neuropsychiatrist can get a great deal of help in clinical work from a thorough study of the dreams of patients. In a recent contribution on this subject Kretschmer1 summed up aptly the present status of the problem in the statement: "It is not a question now as to whether we are justified in using the dreams of our patients in passing judgment on their condition, but rather a question whether we are justified in not doing so." It must be

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