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Via ear-splitting, thunderous explosions and anxious eerie flashes within the distance, the nurses of the Canadian military Nursing carrier in international battle I waited for the inevitable arrival of wounded infantrymen. on the Casualty Clearing homes, they labored at a feverish speed to provide emergency take care of bleeding gashes, damaged and lacking limbs, and the devastating accidents of struggle. Exploring the numerous ways that educated and volunteer nurses gave their time, skills, or even their lives to the 1st global struggle attempt, Shawna M. Quinn considers the reports of latest Brunswick’s nursing sisters — the gruelling stipulations of labor and the brutal realities they confronted from attainable assaults and bombings. utilizing letters, diaries, and released bills, Quinn paints a whole photograph of the adventurous younger women who witnessed first-hand the horrors of the good warfare.

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Oedipus was tragic, whereas Hamlet was neurotic. As an anthropologist I have learned to suspect accounts of ‘unrepressed societies’ for the simple reason that they usually turn out to be unreliable. 3 Samoan sexual arrangements, Mead argued, presented a lesson that American society would do well to heed. Some fifty years later, however, Derek Freeman pointed out that most of the girls Mead studied were, in fact, Christian and thus somewhat familiar with the concept of guilt. 6 These examples suggest that stories of unrepressed, non-neurotic primitives are more rooted in modern Western romantic fantasy than in reality.

It is as if Freud had promised himself that the intensification of this dialogue with other authors across the centuries and millennia would provide further objectifying substantiation of his own findings. And yet this revision, undertaken shortly before the outbreak of the First World War, includes an inconspicuous intervention through which the author reveals that he had nevertheless kept in touch with the self-analytic, that is, subjective origins of his magnum opus. Almost jocularly he points out Interpretation of dreams 29 that none of his findings had provoked such embittered denials, ‘such amusing contortions – on the part of critics’15 as his suggestion that childhood impulses towards incest persist in the unconscious, that is, his reference to the oedipal constellation, which he had at that time discovered essentially by self-analytic means but also by a deeper understanding of Sophocles’ Oedipus drama, and which he had published already in the first edition of The Interpretation of Dreams.

Freud-Bibliographie mit Werkkondordanz, Frankfurt am Main, 1989, p. 36. 18 S. Kruger, ‘Medical and moral authority in the late medieval Dream’, in P. ), Reading Dreams. The Interpretation of Dreams from Chaucer to Shakespeare, 1999, p. 59. 19 T. Nashe, ‘The terrors of the night’, in Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller and other Works, ed. J. B. Stearne, London, 1972, pp. 218–219. Or consider the early modern demonologist Martin Del Rio, who discussed dreams at length, setting out a careful account of how their nature was determined by the humours and explaining why one kind of constitution inclined one to a certain sort of dream.

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