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August 26, 1950


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Associate Professor of Physiology, University of Toronto, Canada

JAMA. 1950;143(17):1514. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910520056024

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To the Editor:—  Having read the excellent paper of William S. Kroger and S. Charles Freed on "Psychosomatic Aspects of Frigidity" in The Journal, June 10, page 526, I wish to protest against the introduction of freudian jargon into such a matter. Many physicians regard Freud's ideas as an ingenious system of nonsense. Infantile sexuality and the Oedipus complex are the two basic features of Freud's system, without which freudian psychoanalysis is as bereft as chiropractic would be without the theory that vertebral pressure on nerve roots causes disease.Hitler, a typical paranoid personality, hated Freud and his doctrines, referring to them as a monstrous piece of Jewish bluff. Freud, also a paranoid personality, but in another sphere, may be safely assumed to have hated the leader of the Nazis. Where Hitler tickled the vanity of a nation, Freud charged the breastwork of bourgeois stodginess. Freud was ignorant of the

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