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September 1932

Ueber Heilungsmechanismen in der Schizophrenie.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(3):755-756. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240030275021

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Curative tendencies are defined as all the processes in a schizophrenic illness that tend to cause a "social-biologic" improvement. The author believes in an organic basis for schizophrenia, but attempts his analysis on a dynamic-genetic approach. He first discusses the importance of the affective relations to the environment. The essential step is that of curing by transference the regression to the narcisistic stage. His case material is not convincing that such a heterosexual or homosexual fixation to the physician or to persons in the environment is essential or desirable. The discussion of occupational therapy, in which the author has a wide experience, is of interest. He points out strivings and interests of the patient that can be utilized in breaking through the autistic isolation. He also urges that the "reactive symptoms" in schizophrenia, e. g., those caused by treatment in a hospital, can be prevented and removed through a more