Reich, Wilhelm


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Reich, Wilhelm

An Austrian-born biochemist and psychiatrist (1897–1957), a contemporary and associate of Freud, who left Nazi Germany and resettled in New York. Reich proposed that the universe is permeated with orgone energy, which is incompletely discharged in those who are sexually repressed. He invented pseudoscientific devices that he claimed restored orgone energy, which were deemed fraudulent by the FDA; he died in a federal penitentiary awaiting trial in 1957.