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During these years, the Committee, Freud's secret band of supporters, was also dying,  both literally and figuratively. In 1925, Karl Abraham died from a mysterious illness that  had left him coughing and weak for the last year of his life. Ernest Jones, in his  biography of Freud, guesses that Abraham died of undiagnosed lung cancer. Two years  earlier, in 1923, the Committee had been weakened by a bitter dispute between two of  its members, Jones and Otto Rank, over the running of the  Internationaler  Psychoanalytischer Verlag.  Furthermore, in 1923, Rank had published a book, called  The Trauma of Birth,  in which he argued that the birth trauma (the pain of emerging from  the womb) was the root cause of all neuroses. Claiming that the birth trauma  contributed  to neuroses was not radical, but Rank went further, claiming that the Oedipal  crisis, which Freud said caused all neuroses, was essentially irrelevant. Rank also began to claim that acting out in the psychotherapeutic session was as or 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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