Book Reviews
April 1946

The Psychology of Women; a Psychoanalytic Interpretation. Vol. II.

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By Helene Deutsch, M.D. Price, $5. Pp. 480, with no illustrations or tables. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1945.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;71(4):446. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020270116011

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The first volume of "The Psychology of Women" discussed the subject in general, with emphasis on early puberty and adolescence. This volume is devoted to motherhood. Both volumes are a psychoanalytic interpretation. The author was Freud's assistant for many years and obviously has an authoritative grasp on her subject matter.

There is a detailed analysis of the sexual life of women and its relationship to the bearing of children. The problems of conception, the anxieties and the different attitudes toward pregnancy and the psychologic reactions to labor, confinement and lactation, as well as the attitudes of women toward the obstetrician, are discussed. There is an excellent chapter on mother-child relations.

The value of the volume is found in the analysis of the different attitudes of mothers and of the various factors which influence them. There is a discussion of the attitudes of mothers toward their individual children and the way

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