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October 7, 1933

Psychoanalysis and Medicine: A Study of the Wish to Fall Ill.

JAMA. 1933;101(15):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740400067048

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Abstract

This volume is concerned particularly with the wish to fall ill—in other words, the psychologic basis for illness, which frequently results in physiologic and pathologic manifestations. The basis for such illness is obviously conflict and repression. The manifestations, however, relate apparently to the sexual nature of the unconscious and to various methods of obtaining pleasure through bodily organs. The concluding chapter deals with defense mechanisms and with the use of transference in treatment.

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