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May 20, 1939

Die Gesetze des normalen Träumens

JAMA. 1939;112(20):2089. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800200087035

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In the author's introduction he states that the literature concerning dreams contains little except psychoanalytic concepts with their fantastic dream symbols, and that in Germany they now know that it was the racially foreign psyche that was responsible for the one-sided relating of dreams and sexuality. After this characteristic beginning he proceeds to describe dreams and states of sleep in a most superficial manner, completely ignoring the literature. He gives no clue to any scientific knowledge. The wishful basis of dreams he refutes with the ancient, many times considered, argument that anxiety dreams cannot express a wish. The author proudly concludes that the dream mirrors the varying need for rest of the nervous system; the contents have no significance. The book is not worth reading.

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