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February 20, 1954

The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud. Volume I: The Formative Years and the Great Discoveries, 1856-1900

JAMA. 1954;154(8):724. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940420086031

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This biography is to appear in three volumes. Volume 1 deals with Freud's first 44 years of life; it casts light on many obscure theories and dissipates many of the erroneous concepts stated in various other biographies. It is indeed fortunate that Ernest Jones is Freud's biographer. His qualification as such is best gleaned from the following lines in the preface: "The task of compiling a biography of Freud's life is a dauntingly stupendous one.... The reasons why I nevertheless yielded to the suggestion that I should undertake it were the considerations pressed on me that I was the only survivor of a small circle of co-workers (the "Committee") in constant intimate contact with Freud, that I had been a close friend for 40 years and also during that period had played a central part in what has been called the "psychoanalytical movement."

The Freud family cooperated with Jones by

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