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January 19, 1935

Hamlet: An Analytic and Psychologic Study

JAMA. 1935;104(3):244-245. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760030076036

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Ernest Jones, writing in the American Journal of Psychology (21:72 [Jan.] 1910) on the "Oedipus complex as an explanation of Hamlet's mystery, a study in motive," speaks of "those Shakespearian critics who have enjoyed no special opportunities for penetrating into the obscurer sides of mental activities and who base their views of human motive on the surface valuation given by the agents themselves—to whom all conduct whether good or evil at all events springs from conscious sources." To this category seemingly belongs the author of this short essay, which is written almost entirely in the literary style and is hardly analytic or psychologic according to the lights of modern psychopathology. Dr. Ewing, who is apparently quite well versed in Hamlet lore, having for many years collected all he could find that has been published by physicians concerning the mental stability of Hamlet, contents himself with a simple objective study

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