The Foundations of Psychiatry

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CHAPTER 41

MISCELLANEOUS
PSYCHOANALYTIC
APPROACHES

Simon H. Nagler

THIS CHAPTER is devoted to the consideration of a diverse group of psychoanalysts who made significant contributions to psychoanalysis and to the eclectic structure of modern psychiatry, although they did not create major systems of theory and practice. The work of Wilhelm Reich, Sandor Ferenczi, Otto Rank, and Sandor Rado had a common origin in orthodox Freudian psychoanalysis. For the most part their contributions were through modifications of or even deviations from this original source. Sandor Ferenczi, however, was perhaps second only to Freud in his basic contributions to the structure of analytic theory and practice. But of special importance in this group is Wilhelm Reich, who became in his time a very controversial figure, even a tragic and ill-fated one. His ultimate activity was far afield from the established boundaries of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. Like Otto Rank he did not consider himself a psycho‐ analyst in his final phase.


Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957)

Biographical Sketch

Wilhelm Reich was born in Austria in 1897 of Jewish parentage. A brilliant person of extraordinary vitality, he was restless, moody, and hypersensitive. He received his M.D. degree in 1922 from the University of Vienna. During his undergraduate years he became intensely interested in psychoanalysis (1919) and was given the unusual privilege of joining the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society while but a

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