August 1964

Psychoanalysis and Faith.

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By Sigmund Freud and Oskar Pfister. Price, $4.95. Pp 152. Basic Books, Inc., 404 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10016, 1963.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(2):223-224. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720260117017

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The well-springs of genius, always a source of wonderment, are now also a focus of scientific attention. Several stages may be discerned. First the published works of great men are compiled, annotated, and studied with exegetical fervor. Then unpublished manuscripts and fragments are brought to light. After sufficient time has passed and all concerned are beyond embarrassment, the more intimate expressions contained in personal correspondence are made public. Still later, from the vantage point of historical perspective, scholars may re-examine the problems which were posed and the intellectual tools which were fashioned for their solution against the broader background of the development of science in the particular era. In the case of Sigmund Freud, the current focus of interest seems to be on hitherto unpublished works, on his personal correspondence, and on the reminiscences of those who knew him. These, it is hoped, will cast some light on

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