AHP readers may be interested in a new piece in History of Psychiatry: “Freud, Griesinger and Foville: the influence of the nineteenth-century psychiatric tradition in the Freudian concept of delusion as an ‘attempt at recovery’,” by Jessica Tran The. Abstract:
This article aims to situate the Freudian concept of delusion in psychosis as an ‘attempt at recovery’, within the context of the classical psychiatric theories prevalent in the nineteenth century. Freud’s theoretical thinking on the psychopathology of psychosis presents elements of continuity with, and divergence from, the psychiatric theories of his time. We will thus demonstrate the singularity of Freud’s own theory. We will discuss the possible influence that the theory proposed by Griesinger, with its description of a temporal evolution in the psychotic process, may have had on Freud’s thinking, and consider the theory of ‘deductive logic’ prevalent in nineteenth-century French psychiatry. Finally, we will discuss the vehement critique Freud made of both these theories.