Book Reviews
June 1943

Allgemeine Neurosenlehre; Biologie, Psychoanalyse und Psychohygiene leib-seelischer Störungen. In zweiundzwanzig Vorlesungen.

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By Rudolph Brun. Price, paper, 26 francs; cloth, 29 francs. Pp. 475, with 5 illustrations. Basel: Benno Schwabe, 1942.

Am J Dis Child. 1943;65(6):956. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1943.02010180132017

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On page 245 of this volume of 475 pages, the author proclaims that the very laws underlying, according to Freud, the neurotic conflict of drives and impulses may be shown as functioning in a similar way in the total field of biology, even with regard to the reflexes. The dynamic and economic principles as Freud has introduced them into the psychology of instincts have to be regarded as general biologic laws. And on page 409 appears the statement: "There is no real opposition between the physiologic and psychologic concept regarding the problems of the neuroses. Both illuminate nothing but different aspects of the same facts."

A psychoanalytic treatise on the neuroses by a former disciple of Monakow and Forel presents the reader with the rare pleasure of following a biologically trained great mind in its attempt to base freudian psychology on natural laws. Throughout this book the author strives at

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