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In reviewing the history of psychology, Mitchell devotes twenty-four pages to its history before Freud, and 160 pages to its development since. He believes that the effort to raise psychology to the objective level of other sciences has resulted in an overemphasis on the organic or physiologic aspects of the problem, and he calls attention to the fact that it was investigation of such "functional" conditions as hypnotism that opened the door to the understanding of the mind.
The discussion of the freudian hypothesis is opened with the observation that the scorn with which it was received is evidence of its truth; a popular reception would have cast doubt on the validity of psychoanalysis. In his discussion of the libido, the author admits its presexual origin, but insists on a simplified conception of libido as a sexual drive. Between its phylogenetic and ontogenetic development he draws an ingenious parallel. The
Problems in Psychopathology. Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(2):485–486. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230140239019
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