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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I especially relate to the fleeting-improvised-men. The schizo creates a world and with a world, always against the grain of the dominant rational social order. This is a step in the right direction.

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Psychiatric diagnosis is still ddaniel art than science and until we get to where we can diagnose by some concrete biological test as with a physical illness, we will diagnose on symptoms and that’s always hazy, subjective, and mostly intuitive and Gestalt-like.

Jan 31, Pages Buy. I frequently had—and still have regularly daily—the sensation that my whole skull has temporarily thinned; in my opinion this was brought about through the bony material of my skull being partly pulverized by the destructive action of the rays; but it is restored again by pure rays particularly during sleep. The fundamental unit of Schreber’s cosmology were “nerves”, which composed both the human soul and the nature of God in relation to humanity.


Bizarre but ultimately dull as far as I am concerned. Personal experiences continued peculiar.

I highly recommend this book as one of the most harrowing direct accounts of mental illness imaginable, as well as powerful of a tragicomedy as ever written about the human experience. New York Review of Books, The voices in large part provided for him a rich lexicon to accompany the overwhelming nervous phenomena from which he could not extricate himself.

We are now accustomed to effete Muslim suicide bombers such as Mohammed Atta and Salman Abedi taking out their repressed homosexuality by killing others to relieve their own inner torment. Schreber was a son of the famous German physician Daniel Gottlob Moritz Schreber, who invented—and practised on his own family—a draconian regimen of mechanical exercise.

Eventually, Schreber was able to build up such a convincing case for his release and recovery that he was released inand recovered much faster in the company of his beloved wife and away from the cold asylum.

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

Notes Cite this as: Provides enlightenment on what it means to be mentally ill and leads the reader to an interesting metaphysical realm that memois reality for Dr. Elias Canetti also devoted the closing chapters of his theoretical magnum opus Crowds and Power to a reading of Schreber.

Before his mental collapse, he served as the chief justice of the supreme court of the state of Saxony.

Souls won’t leave Schreber alone. I do, however, know what it is like to hear voices and completely believe in their realness. 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.


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For example, take an incident where Schreber has a “Divine Vision” in the garden of his asylum, whilst accompanied by an attendant. This is pretty much unreadable, although I surprised myself by making it through pages before finally giving up.

Continuation Nervelanguage inner voices.

Start your free trial. Sep 23, Adam rated it liked it. There are also large block quotations and analysis of Freud’s opinion.

You weren’t there and can’t really understand it. He feels chest compressions, feelings of coldness, but also a “bellowing miracle” Brillwunderor his compulsion to yell repeated phrases. The teachings of honorary professor of psychiatry Daniel Paul Schreber, J.

I read it in bed because, for its size, it’s immensely Okay, it’s weird that I reread this book in bed. Schreber, sadlywas quite clearly completely bonkers. Flechsig that included this passage: Essential if you have ever experienced anything like this, neurotic, psychotic, or otherwise.

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More helpful would be to include a few excerpts. This was a solid 3. Pierson Lindenhofand Dr. In Defense of Schreber.