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May 6, 1939

Vom Wesen der Neurose und von ihren Erscheinungsformen

JAMA. 1939;112(18):1861. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800180085051

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Neuroses are never permanent states in the sense of inherited and unmodifiable characteristics but always follow disturbances in assimilating and reacting to life experiences. They are partial solutions to the experience and as such indicate the possibility within the person of a satisfactory terminal solution. Neuroses are not due to structural abnormalities of the brain, either histopathologic or chemical, nor are they the results of extrapersonal demoniacal agents. The individual, furthermore, is guiltless in his illness. No neurotic consciously develops his difficulty; the neurosis develops from the unconscious. These excerpts are evidences of the dynamic concepts of the author, remarkable only because of their source. This is one of the few books that indicate a discontent with the official constitutional, racial concept of nervous disorders expressed in recent German publications. The author expresses his point of view delicately without too great detail. Concerning the early life experiences which are not

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