Freuds "Kritische Einleitung in die Nervenpathologie". Kontext und Bedeutung.

Translated title of the contribution: [Freud's "Critical Introduction to Neuropathology" (1885-87): context and significance].

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Freud's "Critical Introduction" has many of the markers of a purely neuroanatomical text. But a comparison with contemporary anatomical writings as well as an analysis of the larger scientific, clinical and institutional context of Freud's work suggests important differences. Freud's manuscript was an ambitious enterprise to reform the brain sciences of the 1880s to open them up towards nervous conditions that were only poorly accounted for by the predominant German model of a somatically informed psychiatry. It marks an attempt to bridge the two cultures of French and German-speaking neurology, as well as scientific and clinical medicine. By navigating these different contexts, it provides a clue to the relationship between Freud's early scientific work and his developing psychoanalysis.

Translated title of the contribution[Freud's "Critical Introduction to Neuropathology" (1885-87): context and significance].
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)7-32
Number of pages26
JournalLuzifer-Amor : Zeitschrift zur Geschichte der Psychoanalyse
Issue number49
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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