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Introduction to Part 1: Fragments of madness and delusion


Although a well-established distinction between neurosis and psychosis is found even in Freud’s earliest texts – for example, in his correspondence with Fliess – psychoanalysis has not developed as complex or extensive a system of classifi cation of mental disorders as has psychiatry. This is because its interests have been narrower and directed principally towards the distinction between the clinical structures of the perversions, the neuroses and the psychoses.