October 11, 1965

Sigmund the Unserene: A Tragedy in Three Acts

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by Percival Bailey, 127 pp, $5.75, Springfield, Ill: Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, 1965.

JAMA. 1965;194(2):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090150103041

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This short volume by a distinguished neurologist and neurosurgeon consists of three lectures about Freud originally presented at Northwestern University in April 1963. They are an expansion of his controversial Academic Lecture at the 1956 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Bailey's thesis, in brief, is (1) that Freud was not really a man of science, or an experimenter, but essentially a "spiritual conquistador" who was determined to achieve greatness even if it meant abandoning the path of science; (2) that Freud was a "cryptamnesic sophist" whose basic ideas were not really new but were derived from sources which Freud had "forgotten"; and (3) that in the later years of his life Freud concentrated on "those external verities that are the proper concern of religion" but could offer nothing more than a faith in reason which is inadequate to deal with these verities.

A good deal of what

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