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December 1927

Gesundheit und Krankheit in Nietzsche's Leben und Werk.

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(Abhandlungen aus der Neurologie, Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Ihren Grenzgebieten, Heft 38). By Dr. med. et phil. Kurt Hildebrandt, Oberarzt an den Heilstätten Wittenau bei Berlin. Price, M. 8.40. Pp. 160. Berlin: S. Karger, 1926.

Arch NeurPsych. 1927;18(6):1059-1060. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1927.02210060194010

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This monograph is an expansion of the author's earlier study of the beginning of Nietzsche's psychosis, restated in the form of an intensive discussion of the facts in Nietzsche's life and writings. It is intended to counteract the journalistic account of Nordau and the evidently rather "ununderstanding" presentation in Moebius' pathography. With the recent widely accessible account of Nietzsche's personality and work published in Will Durant's "Story of Philosophy," and this monograph, the American reader could not help being stimulated to go to the actual writings of this extraordinarily outstanding and provocative figure of the end of the nineteenth century. Hildebrandt aims to humanize the entire development and to dispel the offhand classifications which formulate the facts baldly as constituting degeneracy, decadence and general paralysis, and although he does not want to shake the claim of general paralysis too emphatically, he offers a picture and a discussion that appeal strongly