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April 1937

Symbolik des Hirnhaus—Erscheinungswissenschaftliche Untersuchungen über den Bau und die Funktionen des Zentralnervensystems der Wirbeltiere und des Menschen.

Arch NeurPsych. 1937;37(4):982. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260160282032

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This book is an interesting attempt, venturing beyond the realm of anatomic, physiologic and clinical knowledge. The author's aim is to correlate the cut and dry facts of anatomy with the intricacies of psychologic detail and even with such specialized psychologic thought, sometimes bordering on metaphysics and mysticism, as that of Klages. One should not be surprised, therefore, that Rothschild in many instances deviates into the undetermined and even into fantasy, especially in his discussion of the significance of transversal and sagittal convolutions. Still, he succeeds in pointing out and discussing in a stimulating way certain interesting gaps in knowledge of psychosomatic relationships; for instance, lack of satisfactory explanation for the functional predominance of one hemisphere over the other in man, in spite of their symmetrical structure. Rothschild's explanation (identification of the ego with one hemisphere) does not appear to be more satisfactory than any given previously. The value of

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