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October 1929

An den Grenzen der Psychiatrie.

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;22(4):862-863. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02220040217023

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"On the Borders of Psychiatry" consists of four bright but intelligently conservative essays on telekinesis, hysteria and stupidity, psychopathology and art, culture and degeneracy and the present day currents in psychology.

The first essay is a wholesome, half humorous, half serious discussion of a case of "telekinesis," bearing out the catchwords of the title, cleverly put and free from any offensive dogmatism or unnecessary preaching ex cathedra: a well told story of how a slightly more than physiologically stupid servant girl thoroughly deceived a not altogether small circle of people and stirred up the press throughout Germany.

The second one contains a wholesome evaluation of the loose identification of art and talent and genius and pathology. The author looks for less perversion and less morbidness in the coming epoch.

In the third essay, Bumke meets the pessimism concerning culture and degeneracy in a sane and well balanced manner. He is

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