October 1974

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child

Author Affiliations

Culver City, Calif


edited by Ruth S. Eissler, Anna Freud, Marianne Kris, and Albert J. Solnit, 700 pp, $12.50, Quadrangle Books, 1973.

Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(4):787. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320220189037

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The appearance of a new annual of the Psychoanalytic Study of the Child is a most welcome addition to the library of those who are curious about adolescence and its vicissitudes. There are 26 essays that deal with such problems as youth and the campus, roles to which the adolescent aspires, the impact of crowds on individual behavior, and the concept of time and how it is experienced by the child and the adult.

This volume was prepared as a memorial to the late Seymour Lustman, a very original, perceptive child psychiatrist. His last unpublished work, "Yale's Year of Confrontation," is a succinct analysis of the turmoil at that institution in 1971.

The most interesting report deals with theories on dreaming and serendipitously compares the heuristic models of Freud and Chomsky.

A psychology of meaning and symbolic function evolves from this analysis. This is just a sample of the excellent

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