January 1966

The Parapraxis in the Haizmann Case of Sigmund Freud.

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By Gaston Vandendriessche. Price, 290 FB. Pp 192. Editions Neuwelaerts, 2 Place Cardinal-Mercier, Louvain, Belgium, 1965.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(1):109. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730070111016

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This study seems to be much ado about very little and tends to show that Sigmund Freud was very careless and inaccurate, hardly a new or startling discovery since Freud remarked that he was often very sloppy.

It concerns the case of Johann Christoph Haizmann, a destitute painter who was born in Traunstein, Bavaria, in 1652, and having lost a parent, supposedly made two bonds with the devil, one in the year 1668, written in ink, the other in 1669 written in blood. From the study of the available documents, mainly a folk-song about the painter, a brief account by Father G. Petschacher, and a collection of documents compiled by Father A. Eremiasch, Freud made a psychoanalytical study of the case, arriving at the conclusion that the illness should be interpreted as a conflict over unconscious homosexuality, that is in terms of the father-complex, an interpretation which he made also

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