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March 26, 1910

Selected Papers on Hysteria and Other Psychoneuroses.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(13):1079. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550390061022

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The work of Breuer, Freud, Jung, Ferenczi and their pupils has thrown a flood of light on the nature and treatment of hysteria and similar psychoneuroses. Indeed, even the pure psychoses are being attacked by the searching psycho-analytic methods of these untiring investigators.

Following the lines of the newer experimental psychology, and even adding to this psychology by his own investigations, Freud has given us a new and definite conception of hysteria, that bête noire of the general practitioner. It is decidedly reassuring to learn that hysterical symptoms are the symbolic expression of the realization of a repressed wish, which expression serves as a gratification for the patient, and that "the hysteric suffers mostly from reminiscences." In the two cases reported, illustrating the method of examination and physical analyses and the happy results of treatment along lines of well-defined and rational psychotherapy, the author says, "the individual hysterical symptoms immediately

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