Outwitting Our Nerves
For more than a decade, in handling nervous cases, I have made
use of the findings of recognized authorities on psychopathology.
Truths have been applied in a special way, with the features of re -
education so emphasized that my home has been called a
psychological boarding-school. As the alumni have gone back to the
game of life with no haunting memories of usual sanatorium methods,
but with the equipment of a fuller self-knowledge and sense of power,
they have sent back a call for some word that shall extend this helpful
message to a larger circle.
There has come, too, a demand for a book which shall give
accurate and up-to-date information to those physicians who are
eager for light on the subject of nervous disorders, and especially for
knowledge of the significant contributions of Sigmund Freud, but who
are too busy to devote time to highly technical volumes outside their
This need for a simple, comprehensive presentation of the
Freudian principles I have attempted to meet in this primer of
psychotherapy, providing enough of biological and psychological
background to make them intelligible, and enough application and
illustration to make them useful to the general practitioner or the
JOSEPHINE A. JACKSON.
Pasadena, California, 1921.
PART I: THE STRANGE WAYS OF NERVES
In which most of us plead guilty to the charge of "nerves."