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October 26, 1940

Der gehemmte Mensch: Grundlagen einer Desmologie als Beitrag zur Tiefenpsychologie

JAMA. 1940;115(17):1481. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810430071039

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This book is a typical outgrowth of German "science" of today, evidently written to prove to the political overseers of medical science in that country that the author is no longer to be regarded as contaminated by the "Jewish science" psychoanalysis with which he was formerly identified. Compilations from unquoted sources and an arbitrary choice of facts to fit a preconceived system are its main characteristics. Many of the discoveries of Freud are accepted as being matters of common knowledge, but Freud is never given any credit; he is quoted only when the author disagrees with him, which is quite often, or wishes to reproach him for having introduced confusing terms and erroneous conceptions. The author himself introduces a few new terms, such as "captative" and "retentive" tendencies, which he thinks clear matters up immensely. He denies the existence of infantile sexuality, although he furtively exploits many of the deductions

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