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February 13, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(7):499-500. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670330043021

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Problems of Puberty  Before the pediatric section of the Berliner Verein für innere Medizin und Kinderheilkunde, E. Spranger, professor of philosophy, and author of a book on the psychology of adolescence, delivered an address on the evolution of puberty. He treated from the psychologic side a theme that, at first sight, appeared to be chiefly physiologic. Spranger believes that the psychic associations that influence the mind are of sensuous origin. Such a conception is based on two suppositions: First, the psyche has a definite structure in which all associations are sensuous, and, secondly, development of this structure is possible and must be assumed. The first supposition leads to the conclusion that every psychic representation must be evaluated with reference to the psyche as a whole, and, furthermore, is connected with the external world and constitutes an integral and yet overlapping part of a greater, all-comprehensive world soul structure. Regarded from

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