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In `The Dark Regions of the Mind' A Reading for the Indecent Assault in Ernest Jones's 1908 Dismissal from the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases (2015)


Following a medical examination, in late March 1908, Rebecca Levi, a young in-patient in the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases, made a serious allegation against Jones. Having discussed the matter, behind closed doors, the hospital Committee called upon Jones to resign. Many years later Jones wrote up his account of the 1908 Affair, which his biographers and historians of psychoanalysis have accepted more or less without question. Such uncritical readings raise questions as to how the psychoanalytic community chooses to engage with the allegations of indecent (child) assault levelled against Jones. Reading the contemporaneous documents, including Ian Malcolm's letters to Jones, Dr Savill's account of Rebecca Levi together with various other texts, reveals serious discrepancies in Jones's narrative, thereby suggesting a far more disturbing scenario than Jones ever allowed. The paper concludes by examining the distinctions to be drawn around Jones's sexual relationships with his adult patients as opposed to his treatment of prepubescent girls.

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Authors & Contributors
Dufresne, Todd Raymond
Steiner, Riccardo
Maddox, Brenda
Franco Fornari
Antonio Piotti
Forrester, John
Psychoanalysis and History
International Journal of Psychoanalysis
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
International Review of Psychoanalysis
History of Psychology
History of Psychiatry
Da Capo Press
York University (Canada)
University of Chicago Press
Stanford University Press
Presses Universitaires de France
Science and culture
Gestalt psychology
Freud, Sigmund
Jones, Ernest
Weiss, Edoardo
Strachey, James
Myers, Charles Samuel
Gross, Otto
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
United States
North America
Great Britain
Clark University

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