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Freud rarely treated psychotic patients or psychoanalyzed people just from their writings, but he had a powerful and imaginative understanding. Seishin Shinkeigaku Zasshi. ;(9) [The Schreber case and Freudian dynamic psychopathology of psychoses]. [Article in Japanese]. Matsumoto. THE SCHREBER CASE. REVIEW OF LITERATURE. For the purpose of reviewing briefly the literature it is convenient to remember that Freud’s paper is divided.

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The following was presented to the Lacan Circle of Melbourne in March, It may be of benefit to anybody who wishes to study the case: Time permitting, I shall look at the ongoing implications of the Schreber case, particularly from a Lacanian perspective.

Moritz, the elder Schreber, casee a physician, author and pedagogue, particularly interested in sxhreber upbringing. Moritz Schreber wrote over thirty books on child rearing, and founded an Orthopaedic Institute.

To that end, he prescribed elaborate methods by which children could be taught and disciplined, and illustrated his works with pictures of devices, to be used to keep a child in the correct posture during various activities. I shall sketch out some verifiable details.

Another sister Klara also wrote several letters to the Sonnenstein County Asylum. Dr Schreber was preoccupied with discipline, order, cleanliness, posture, muscle-building, and opposition to masturbation during childhood and adolescence. The onset of his condition was age 51, with his death arriving at 53 due to a perforation in the intestinal tract near the appendix. He himself was likely to have been psychotic, and died by his own hand at the age of 38 Niederland,a few weeks after being promoted to a judge Gerichtstrat.


[The Schreber case and Freudian dynamic psychopathology of psychoses].

Schreber, for his part, seems to have been eager to persuade his wife of the validity of his belief-system, amongst his numerous ffreud to secure discharge from the hospital. This is the major event preceding his second and chronic breakdown. As one researcher put it Niederland, These expand upon a good deal of the material in the memoirs. See, for instance, an entry for December, Yet czse allows himself to converse on indifferent matters. Plays the piano, chess, and reads again.

Such knowledge may have been a necessity in his pursuit of liberty from the asylum.

[The Schreber case and Freudian dynamic psychopathology of psychoses].

Freud published his views on the Schreber memoirs in Freud, famously, dealt more with neurotics than psychotics. Freud wrote to Jung in October, Because one can guess a good deal in reading the book. Obviously Flechsig—father—God-sun form a series. As such, he performed miracles, he miracled. Around the same time, Freud wrote to Karl Abraham that he had worked out his ideas on the Schreber case during a recent trip to Palermo.

In contrast to the Wolfman case, Freud had schgeber yet broken with Jung and Adler by this time, and his references to them throughout the text are favourable. Fundamentally, Freud saw neurosis and psychosis as two differing responses to the same kinds of problems.

In Lacanian terms, there is no mechanism distinguishing between psychosis and perversion. First, Melanie Klein ought to be raised in connection with the Schreber case.

Readings of Schreber after Freud have tended to emphasise the traumatic or traumatogenic nature of Schreberian aetiology. We are then back to an old thesis, namely, that madness is the appropriate response to a mad not to mention cruel and rigidly sadistic world. Lacan is able to take Schreber as the paradigmatic case of psychosis by situating foreclosure of the paternal metaphor as the sine qua non of psychotic disorders.


Systematically, Lacan shows how the failure of Schreber to signify the symbolic father, the father of the Law, is the clue to his condition. Letter from Sigmund Freud to C.

Jung, October 31, The loss of reality in neurosis and psychosis. Notes on some schizoid mechanisms. Schreber, Freud, Flechsig, and Weber Revisited: Psychoanalytic Review, 76 Three notes on the Schreber case. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 44 Memoirs of my nervous illness. New York Review of Books.

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