July 1957

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child: Vol. 11.

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By Ruth S. Eissler and others. Price, $8.50. Pp. 470. International Universities Press, Inc., 227 W. 13th St., New York 11, 1956.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1957;94(1):105. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1957.04030020107021

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The eleventh volume of this annual publication on the psychoanalytic approach to problems of childhood is divided into theoretical contributions, normal and pathological development, clinical contributions, and applied psychoanalysis.

For those interested in the psychodynamics of behavior this book is of great value, provided the reader is well-familiar with psychoanalytic terms. For the pediatrician without this background the discussions will be too involved in their very detailed approach to theoretical questions.

The reader who wishes to study psychoanalytic concepts will find "Notes on the Reality Principle" very helpful in learning to understand such terms as pleasure principle, reality principle, ego structure, etc. The paper on "Unusual Variations in Drive Endowment" will be of great interest to students of human development, but, as it is based on the analysis of only three cases, the material could not be readily used for generalization and thus for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes of the

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