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December 1950

Psycho-Analysis: A Handbook for Medical Practitioners and Students of Comparative Psychology

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1950;64(6):909-910. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1950.02310300156027

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This is an excellent systematic account of psychoanalysis and psychiatric theory for general medical practitioners, psychiatrists and other students of psychiatry and comparative psychology. Glover is one of those master clinicians and teachers and fine medical authors which Britain is wont to produce. Their productions, while based, to be sure, on the work of authorities who have preceded them, are the refinement of their own thinking; in this vein one recalls S. A. K. Wilson, in neurology, and Wilfred Trotter, in surgery. There is perhaps nothing in this volume that has not been tested by Glover's own vast experience—would that this were true of more composers of medical articles and textbooks!

The opening third of the present volume is devoted to the theory of psychoanalysis, with chapters on the embryology of mind, dynamic aspects of mind, economics of mind, phases of mental development, dreams and symptomatic acts and symptom formation.