General Theory of Neuroses: Twenty-Two Lectures on the Biology, Psychoanalysis and Psychohygiene of Psychosomatic Disorders

JAMA. 1952;148(4):324. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930040080035.
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This book is translated from the original, which first appeared in German in 1942. It gives full consideration to the psychological aspects of the neuroses and endeavors to incorporate the theory of the neurosis into a general medical and biological setting. The author takes the viewpoint that there is no really insuperable opposition to the combining of the purely psychological and physiological aspects of neuroses. Such a combined framework is considered to do greatest justice to the basic contributions of Freud in the development of a sound theory of neuroses, which were originally based on medical biology. The book is divided into four parts. These provide a general introduction to the subject, consideration of psychosomatic relationships, descriptions of the mechanism of symptom formation, and a formulation of the construction of neurosis in its initial and final stages. The material presented should be of considerable interest and value to students of


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