Jul Jozef Dejerine

Jul Jozef Dejerine

French neurologist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist
Date of Birth: 03.08.1849
Country: France

  1. Biography of Jules Joseph Dejerine
  2. Development of the "Isolation" Method

Biography of Jules Joseph Dejerine

Jules Joseph Dejerine (August 3, 1849, Geneva - February 26, 1917, Paris) was a French neurologist, psychiatrist, and psychotherapist. He began his career in 1874 as a physician's assistant, became a doctor in 1879, and started teaching in 1885. In 1901, he became a professor of histology.

Development of the "Isolation" Method

Alongside his numerous neurological and neurophysiological works, Dejerine developed his "isolation" method for the treatment of psychoneuroses in non-hypnotic group psychotherapy. Without being familiar with the teachings of Sigmund Freud, he established similar ideas about the role of emotions in the development of mental illnesses, particularly hysteria. Because of this, he vehemently opposed P.-C. Dubois and his method of rational persuasion. Dejerine emphasized the significant role of the physician and their emotional experiences in healing the patient, as well as the necessity of the patient's belief in the physician. He was one of the first to recognize the healing power of simply listening to the patient.