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May 1923


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Arch NeurPsych. 1923;9(5):673-683. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1923.02190230128018

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We deal here with an unusual contribution, a criticism of psychanalysis (45 pages) by the neurophysiologist and psychologist Rudolf Allers, and about seventy-five pages of discussion by fourteen members of the society. It is a remarkable exhibit of the capacity of presentation, and the acumen and alertness of the speakers of a group made up of critics, friends and neutrals among Vienna psychologists and psychopathologists. The chief interest of the book lies in this fact that psychanalysis is here discussed from various widely divergent points of view including orthodox psychanalysis, academic clinical psychiatry, and phenomenologic psychology. A full review was therefore deemed desirable and essential, but proved decidedly difficult. An attempt was made to single out the special topics touched in the discussion so as to get into the smallest space and with maximal fairness a summary of the various opinions. Yet the reviewers fear that perhaps nothing but a