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June 1942


Arch NeurPsych. 1942;47(6):1086. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1942.02290060224019

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The title of this book, though accurate, is somewhat misleading. Although the author does give instructions to those who would analyze themselves, the actual experiences which she reports are derived from her patients, who have brought to her accounts of their progress during intervals of their analysis. Whether the suggestions she has derived from them could be of help to patients who are not in contact with an analyst is not clear.

Fortunately, the book does not depend on this point for its value. It deals largely with the interpretation of a few well chosen cases. The method of presentation is excellent, and is especially to be commended for its lack of jargon. The essential steps in the evolution and comprehension of each case are explained in nontechnical terms, easily comprehensible to any intelligent layman and restful to the nonanalytic physician. It should promote a wide understanding and tolerance of