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September 22, 1951

Introduction to a Psychoanalytic Psychiatry

JAMA. 1951;147(4):354. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670210066029

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This book is a translation from the original in German, stimulated by the translator's belief that the book represents the first attempt at a systematic presentation of clinical psychiatry on a psychoanalytic basis. Schilder's agreement with Freudian opinion on the clinical symptom-complexes of psychiatry is illustrated in the contention that symptom-complexes ordinarily embrace three types of phenomenon: those representing remains of a normal state or of neurosis, phenomena of a residual nature; those representing the detachment of the libido from its object, phenomena of regression; and those representing attempts at recovery.

The opinion is expressed that psychoanalytic psychology has furnished psychiatry with the possibility of eliminating artificial lines between neuroses and psychoses and between neuroses and so-called normal psychological manifestations. It thereby makes possible the extension of the understanding of psychoanalytic psychiatry to general problems of human conduct that lie outside the strict field of clinical psychiatry.

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