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[The psychiatrist Heinroth--a critical reflection].

[Article in German]


Heinroth (1773-1848) belongs to the founders of psychiatry in Germany. He represented an idealistic, spiritualistic psychiatric school that had a strong leaning towards materialist ideas. He believed that mental disturbances were caused by guilt and sin. But, besides these speculations, he also expressed views that led to view psychiatric and psychotherapeutic insights. One of these was his postulated psychogenesis of mental disturbances. His thoughts on the importance of social, biographical and psychosomatic factors also contributed to the development of psychiatry.

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