Freud: biologist of the mind

  title={Freud: biologist of the mind},
  author={R. Porter},
  journal={Medical History},
  pages={358 - 359}
  • R. Porter
  • Published 1980
  • Computer Science
  • Medical History
Another example of the inadequate, indeed mistaken, discussion of a partly medical question ofpractical importance is that ofwitchcraft. The beliefthat most witches were women who suffered from melancholic delusions is central to Johann Wier's extremely influential De praestigiis daemonum, and Jean Bodin's refutation of it hinges on the denial that women are prone to melancholy. All this is omitted with the remark: "Except in technical treatises on witchcraft, it is rare to find mention of… Expand
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