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May 1935

Psycho-Analysis and Medicine: A Study of The Wish to Fall Ill.

Arch NeurPsych. 1935;33(5):1140-1141. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1935.02250170226020

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Abstract

New presentations on psychoanalysis are welcome, particularly when they are based on clinical experience and also when they tend to bring the field closer to general medicine. This book is a decided contribution along such lines in that the author endeavors to show how nervous or mental illness may be an expression on the part of the patient of a wish to be ill in order to escape from the more uncomfortable fundamental difficulty. Some of the comments showing the purpose of this work are:

"Neurotic symptoms are defenses designed to prevent anxiety from developing when repression threatens to give way... It is claimed that psychogenic illness is a piece of behavior as purposive as putting up a hand to ward off a blow. The purpose of this kind of illness is to prevent anxiety from developing." Psychoanalysis, despite the exuberance of some of its converts, is not a gospel

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