Definition, foundation and meaning of illness: locating Georg Groddeck in the history of medicine
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Definition, foundation and meaning of illness
Abstract: 

The paper reviews and discusses Groddeck's conception of illness. I first argue that Groddeck was a late Romanticist as much as he was a "wild" psychoanalyst. Then I use Groddeck's scattered formulations regarding definition, foundation, and meaning of illness in order to articulate them in the form of more explicit scientific statements. Finally, I suggest that Groddeck's theory of illness is fundamentally different from current medical conceptions, which, nevertheless, does not make our dialogue with him either less useful or indeed less necessary. It is through an investigation of Groddeck's therapeutic attitude and the spirit of his work that psychoanalysis and medicine can build foundations of bold, innovative, and healing future.

Author(s): 
Dimitrijevic, Aleksandar
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Psychoanalysis
Journal Abbreviation: 
Am J Psychoanal
Publication Date: 
2008-06
Publication Year: 
2008
Pages: 
139-147
Volume: 
68
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
0002-9548
DOI: 
10.1057/ajp.2008.1
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18509368

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Aleksandar Dimitrijevic. 2008-06. "Definition, foundation and meaning of illness: locating Georg Groddeck in the history of medicine." American Journal of Psychoanalysis 68: 2: 139-147. 10.1057/ajp.2008.1.

Wikipedia Citation

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