Medicine: Autocrat of the Confessional

Oliver Wendell Holmes (Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table) wrote three novels which have been widely unread. They reflected the scientific interests of their author, a physician, teacher of anatomy at Harvard, dean of its Medical School. Recently a psychoanalyst made the suggestion that Holmes's novels were perhaps the most original and significant of all his works, establishing the wiry little Bostonian as the godfather of modern psychoanalysis. Holmes, he found, discovered the "unconscious" (sometimes called "subconscious") 25 years before Sigmund Freud.

The Holmes novels, Elsie Venner, The Guardian Angel and A Mortal Antipathy,...

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