December 20, 1930

The Psychoanalysis of the Total Personality: The Application of Freud's Theory of the Ego to the Neuroses.

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By Franz Alexander, M.D. Authorized English translation by Bernard Glueck, M.D., and Bertram D. Lewin, M.D. With a prefatory note by A. A. Brill, M.D. Boards. Price, $3.50. Pp. 176. Washington, D. C.: Nervous and Mental Disease Publishing Company, 1930.

JAMA. 1930;95(25):1935. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720250057032

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This volume begins with a foreword by Dr. Brill which traces the evolution of the freudian conception from its first announcement to the present time. Dr. Brill points out that the present volume deals with the development of the ego, its rôle in the neuroses and psychoses, and the basic instinct of the neuroses and perversions. The translators, in their preface, emphasize the practical character of this work and attempt to make clear the peculiar nomenclature with which the freudians surround their discussions. Finally, the author, in his introduction, reveals the fact that he is concerned primarily with the way in which the modern freudian psychology concerns itself with the total personality rather than with the instinct alone. The book consists of nine lectures which distinguish the various conceptions of the ego and the superego, leading to the conclusion that a neurosis represents a conflict between the ego and the

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