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November 16, 1963

Kilroy and Oedipus

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St. Petersburg, Fla

JAMA. 1963;186(7):734. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03710070136023

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To the Editor:  —Dr. Thaddeus Kostrubala has carried out an exquisite piece of work in his analysis of rolling stones and moss (JAMA185, Sept 21, 1963, adv p 211). Most of us, unable to adopt so scientific an attitude, prefer that system suggested in a recent book on the psychoanalytic method. Its author believes that the phonetic significance of words and phrases is of transcendental importance. An example is "Kilroy," as in "Kilroy was here." It can be seen, quite easily, that Kilroy, pronounced by syllables, refers to the assassin of the king, the Oedipus, and what a monumental mess that makes of the GI unconscious.

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