[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
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

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


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.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview