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Freud's Schreber between Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis - Book Review

The Letter, Issue 48, Autumn 2011, Pages 63 - 64


BOOK REVIEW

By

Lionel Bailly

FREUD’S SCHREBER BETWEEN PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

On Subjective Disposition to Psychosis

Thomas G. Dalzell


Karnac Books, London, 2011.


This book of Thomas Dalzell’s is a tour de force. Despite stating that his text is not intended as ‘another general exploration of Sigmund Freud’s 1911 Schreber text’, he does in the end provide us with a subtle exploration of the case from which the most experienced analysts could learn a lot. Beyond this, he uses Schreber’s case like a chemical reagent, which reveals, as in the development of a photographic print, hidden aspects of Freud’s thinking, and also the state of thinking of the Viennese psychoanalysts, of Emile Kraepelin, Eugen Bleuler etc.


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