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December 1930

Die Unfallneurose als Problem der Gegenwartsmedizine.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;24(6):1306. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220180203029

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The problem of "traumatic neuroses" in its various aspects is discussed in a series of brief papers. The contributors are Wittgenstein, Walther Riese, Honigmann, Fränkel, Karl Landauer, Sperling, Meng, Levy-Suhl, Hertha Riese, Rosenstein (Moskau), Meyer (Köppern), Monakow and Eliasberg. All the contributors agree that "expert opinions" in cases of traumatic neurosis should not be based on any dogmatic schemes or questions of precedence. Traumatic neuroses are recognized as real pathologic conditions. Careful examination in each individual case and attempts at psychotherapy are recommended. The need for the application of social service methods to the not cured and not compensated patient with traumatic neurosis is stressed. (Why only for these?) The book is intended as a counter move to the "reigning doctrine of medical science" concerning traumatic neuroses. Although the book contains a great deal of chaff, the fundamental tendency of the authors; namely, their stand against too rigid decisions based