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An anatomical commentary on the concept of infantile oral sadism.
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PMID:  1512124     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although this paper is entitled 'An anatomical commentary on the concept of infantile oral sadism' it is also an attempt to examine hypotheses regarding the sources of oral sadism. Freud did not explicitly refer to an oral sadistic phase of development in early infancy, believing as he did that sadism was a component instinct. Abraham postulated that oral sadism arises when the teeth erupt and the jaw muscles function. Melanie Klein, however, came to claim that oral sadistic impulses operate from birth and arise from the infant's innate potential for fantasy. This hypothesis is akin to Freud's theory of primal fantasies. The anatomical record supports Abraham's theory of the source of oral sadism.
R Freeman; T Freeman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of psycho-analysis     Volume:  73 ( Pt 2)     ISSN:  0020-7578     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Psychoanal     Publication Date:  1992  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-10-01     Completed Date:  1992-10-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985179R     Medline TA:  Int J Psychoanal     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  343-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept. of Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry Queen's University of Belfast.
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Child Psychology
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Sadism / psychology*

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