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April 10, 1948

Deep Analysis: The Clinical Study of an Individual Case

JAMA. 1948;136(15):1008. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890320052030

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This book is a highly illuminating description of a complete psychoanalysis of a single case. The patient under analysis, who subsequently attained a position of national eminence in England, did not present himself with any especial symptoms but because of a deeply felt dissatisfaction with his own mode of life. However, Dr. Berg only too quickly during the course of the analysis was able to point out that under the cloak of normality this man concealed all the ingredients of every psychopathologic formation and mechanism including frigidity, impotence, hysteria, obsession and even paranoia and schizophrenia. The uncovering of these phenomena provided the author with an excellent opportunity to discuss lucidly these aberrations from a theoretic point of view. Many will disagree with the author on his method and some of the technics applied, but the analysis was handled in a masterly fashion. His theoretic discussion as well as the manner

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