June 1966

A Psychoanalytic Dialogue: The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham, 1907-1926.

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Edited by Hilda Abraham, and Ernst Freud. Price, $7.50. Pp 406. Basic Books, Inc., 404 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1966.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;14(6):661-662. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730120100019

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Blaise Pascal once wrote "I have made this a rather long letter because I haven't had time to make it shorter." This comment applies very well to this remarkable volume of correspondence between Freud and his pupil and friend Karl Abraham between 1907 and 1926. They had the time to write many short pithy letters and the editors, Hilda Abraham and Ernst Freud also labored to condense many others without loss of continuity and meaning. An unexpected reward is also in the introduction by Edward Glover, often a section passed over, but which, in this case, is almost a historical psychoanalytic essay on letter writing, a quiddity on Freud and Abraham, and a sound distillate of those significant years allowed by his position in psychoanalysis. In it he gives a brief outline of Abraham's career done with a fine touch and from the vantage point

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