Wilhelm Reich Biologist (Hardcover) by Strick James E.
|Merk||Harvard University Press|
|Categorie||Wetenschap, Geneeskunde & Natuur|
|Auteur||James E. Strick|
|Aantal pagina's||467 pages|
|Uitgever / Label||Harvard University Press|
|Grootte||16.70 cm x 3.80 cm x 3.80 cm|
Psychoanalyst political theorist pioneer of body therapies prophet of the sexual revolution all fitting titles but Wilhelm Reich has never been recognized as a serious laboratory scientist despite his experimentation with bioelectricity and unicellular organisms. Wilhelm Reich Biologist 'is an eye-opening reappraisal of one of twentieth-century science s most controversial figures perhaps the only writer whose scientific works were burned by both the Nazis and the U.S. government. Refuting allegations of pseudoscience that have long dogged Reich s research James Strick argues that Reich s lab experiments in the mid-1930s represented the cutting edge of light microscopy and time-lapse micro-cinematography and deserve to be taken seriously as legitimate scientific contributions. Trained in medicine and a student of Sigmund Freud Reich took to the laboratory to determine if Freud s concept of libido was quantitatively measurable. His electrophysiological experiments led to his discovery of microscopic vesicles (he called them bions ) which Reich hypothesized were instrumental in originating life from nonliving matter. Studying Reich s laboratory notes from recently opened archives Strick presents a detailed account of the bion experiments tracing how Reich eventually concluded he had discovered an unknown type of biological radiation he called orgone. The bion experiments were foundational to Reich s theory of cancer and later investigations of orgone energy. Reich s experimental findings and interpretations were considered discredited but not because of shoddy lab technique as has often been claimed. Scientific opposition to Reich s experiments Strick contends grew out of resistance to his unorthodox sexual theories and his Marxist political leanings.'