January 1951

The Search for the Beloved: A Clinical Investigation of the Trauma of Birth and Pre-Natal Conditioning.

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By Nándor Fodor. Price, $5.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;81(1):168. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040030175020

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Pp. 400. Hermitage Press, Inc., 8 E. 61st St., New York 21, 1949.

This book is an attempt to trace the effects of the trauma of birth in man. The subject has been elaborately discussed by Rank and others, but Fodor is the first investigator to document his reports with clinical material.

The validity of the author's theory that human behavior is conditioned largely by birth trauma is based on his own interpretations of the dreams of his patients. His observations and speculations are interesting and provocative.

The book is recommended for pediatricians with psychiatric and, especially. psychoanalytic training but might prove confusing and ununderstandable for others.

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