Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Hysterical Psychosis: A Historical Survey

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Hysterical Psychosis: A Historical Survey

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KATRIEN LIBBRECHT: Hysterical Psychosis: A Historical Survey. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ., 1995, 283 pp., $39.95, ISBN 1 56000-181-X.

This is a contentious and querulous book, the angry lament of a True Believer who with her left hand frantically fans the eternal flame of Freudian psychoanalysis (at least her version), and with the right casts anathema on a vast assortment of apostates, opportunists, sell-outs, misinterpreters, and Trotskyites of her profession. Libbrecht, who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychoanalysis at the University of Ghent (Belgium) has two particular bugbears on which to exercise her wrath: the gradual disappearance of hysteria, the paradigmatic neurosis, and its incorporation into a paradigm of psychosis; and the etiolation of the concept of the Unbewusstsein and its replacement by a sterile, descriptive psychiatry, reaching its apotheosis in the corrupted fragmentation of the DSM (pick your number).

The subtitle of Libbrecht's book is "a historical survey," and she parades out a 130-year battalion of would-be systematizers of the vicissitudes of folie. …

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