May 22, 1948

The Yearbook of Psychoanalysis. Volume 2

JAMA. 1948;137(4):420. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890380090041

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This is a collection of fourteen articles, mostly from well known psychoanalysts. There is no introduction to explain this special selection. It begins with a methodical article by Hartman and Kris defending the conservative point of view in this field which only recently has begun to emancipate itself from the domination of traditional views and practices. Fenichel in an article on psychosomatic phenomena essentially accepts Alexander's distinction between conversion symptoms which have a symbolic meaning and vegetative responses to emotions often called "organ neuroses." A lucid article of French on ego analysis contributes greatly to the value of this volume. Four articles by English authors (Jones, Flugel and Glover) are included. The volume contains the translated article of Freud: "Dostoievsky and Parricide." This is a penetrating analysis of "The Brothers Karamazov" which, like Hamlet and Oedipus Rex, is an intuitive elaboration of the Oedipus complex.

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