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FREUD S T H E O R Y OF H YSTERIA: A REPLY T O ASCHAFFENBURG 1

If I try to answer Aschaffenburg’s-on the whole-very moderate and cautious criticism of Freud’s theory of hysteria,12 I do so in order to prevent the baby from being thrown out with the bath-water. Aschaffenburg, of course, does not assert that Freud’s importance ends with his theory of hysteria. But the medical public (psychiatrists included) know Freud mainly from this side of his work, and for this reason adverse criticism could easily throw a shadow on Freud’s other scientific achievements. I would like to remark at the start that my reply is not directed to Aschaffenburg personally, but to the whole school of thought whose views and aspirations have found eloquent expression in Aschaffenburg’s lecture.