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The annual publication of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child has become a significant landmark in psychoanalysis. The current edition, No. 21, deserves its place in this excellent series.
These volumes are addressed primarily to those interested in the theoretical exposition of psychoanalysis in general and of child psychoanalysis in particular. Several of the articles are intimately involved with points of theory and practice that are of interest only to the limited professional groups to which they are addressed. Nevertheless, in the present volume there are some contributions of interest to internists.
Anna Freud's "A Short History of Child Analysis" places this rapidly developing field into historical perspective and, despite its brevity, points to some directions for the future. Characteristically, she does not do justice to the importance of her own work at Hampstead Clinic in London.
Wolfenstein's presentation, "How is Mourning Possible?" serves not only to outline the pertinent
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