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Freud changed all of this. Despite his background in physicalism (learned during his  stay in Ernst Brücke's laboratory), his theories explicitly rejected the purely organic  explanations of his predecessors. One of Freud's biggest influences during his early  days as a neurologist was Jean-Martin Charcot, the famous French psychiatrist. Charcot  claimed that hysteria had primarily organic causes, and that it had a regular,  comprehensible pattern of symptoms. Freud agreed with Charcot on the latter point, but  he disagreed entirely on the former. In essence, Freud claimed that neurotic people had  working hardware, but faulty software. Earlier psychiatrists like Charcot, in contrast, had  claimed that the problems were entirely in the hardware. As psychoanalysis became  increasingly popular, psychology and psychiatry turned away from the search for organic  causes and toward the search for inner psychic conflicts and early childhood traumas. 
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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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