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May 1948

Deep Analysis: The Clinical Study of an Individual Case

Arch NeurPsych. 1948;59(5):686-687. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1948.02300400122015

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Abstract

There is no foreword or introduction to indicate whether this work may be of interest to psychoanalysts, psychiatrists or general practitioners. However, the glossary, defining analytic and psychiatric terminology, readily reveals that the book is intended for popular distribution. The publisher's summary on the jacket, on the other hand, states in part:

"Psychiatric literature abounds in case histories and illustrative case material. But for the author of this book there is a lack of satisfaction in such short case descriptions. To remedy this defect he set himself to write the illuminating description of a complete Freudian analysis of a single case.... We see and understand the hidden depths of the nature of the human mind, and obtain introductory insight not only into normal mental functioning but into almost all its psychopathic aberrations, including frigidity, impotence, hate, hysteria, obsessions and even paranoia and schizophrenia—all present in minor degrees in normal personality.

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