In , the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest. Schreber, Daniel Paul, – [Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken. English]. Memoirs of my nervous illness / by Daniel Paul. In , the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life.

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It became clear to Schreber This happened in LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. For those who feel firmly grounded in reality, well There is little point trying to add substantially to the many reviews to which Memoirs of My Nervous Illness has been subjected since its first appearance over a hundred years ago.

That is, the public asylums are provided by the state to care for the mentally ill, who may indeed pose a danger to themselves or others, but they are meant to be places citizens may avail themselves of if they so wish.

Oct 03, Aveugle Vogel rated it liked it. Each human soul was composed of nerves which derived from God who with “His” own nerves was the ultimate source of human existence.

I can add very little, as I am not in any sense qualified in psychology. After a while, my interest in the depths of his self delusion gave way to revulsion and finally to ennui. On a later occasion I even boxed his ears.

Following this surprising realization you might have continued this contact with me for a time out of scientific interest, until you yourself felt as if were uneasy about it, and therefore decided to break it off. A Medical experts report to the Court. He woke up one morning with the thought that it would be pleasant to danisl to sexual intercourse as a woman.

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There is a certain depressing fascination about it. I, of course, having plenty of reason to be grateful that, unlike in the case of Daniel Paul Schreber, no psychotic episode I experienced became broadly progressive, going on for years and years, almost entirely determining the character of my life.

Stay in Touch Sign up. More when I finish– this is a book worth talking about. Paperbackpages. Schreber believed himself in contact with God. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The narrative culminates in a courtroom plea by Schreber for his freedom from the asylum. There I was left to my fate; I spent the rest of the night mostly sleepless in this cell, furnished only with an iron bedstead and some bedding.

Bizarre but ultimately dull as far as I am concerned. Schreber himself deploying absolutely unimpeachable legalistic rhetoric whilst at the same time remaining steadfast in his convictions regarding the legitimacy of his spiritual insights is some of the most amazing shit I have ever read.

To view it, click here. One cannot be miserly with such foundational knowledge. There was great hue and cry raised at the time from folks invested in the Greater Schizophrenia concept, but it has since died down. Emil Paul Flechsig Jefferson Mays It became clear to Schreber that his personal crisis was implicated in what he called a “crisis in God’s realm,” one that had transformed the rest of humanity into a race of fantasms. You weren’t there and can’t really understand it. Edit Did You Know?

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Final considerations Future prospects. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There was only one remedy; as his doctor noted: Paul Flechsighad contact with him using a “nerve-language” of which Schreber said humans are unaware.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. For Schreber this was focused upon his personal and institutional relationship with Dr. New York Review of Books, He believed his primary psychiatrist, Prof. It challenges the reader’s perception of perception while making him or her doubt their decision to read it in the first place. The fact that someone can write in a comprehensible manner whilst expressing such bizarre delusions is instructional but danieo very entertaining.

He is clearly logical and intelligent and “Memoirs” is his ultimately successful attempt to reason himself out of commitment to the asylum and back home to his wife. Soul murder and psychiatry. In defense of Schreber. There’s something about repressed homosexuality and paranoia because the cause of that.

Jan 23, heather rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The voices challenged and mocked me dzniel my apparent lack of manly courage until at last I struck him.

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

Yet Freud probably had a point. Jul 29, Isaac rated it really liked it. This is simply a compressed list of some of the building blocks with which the ill Schreber rebuilt his world.