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November 1922


Arch NeurPsych. 1922;8(5):588. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1922.02190170135013

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The physician who desires a short and pleasant review of present day notions concerning various forms of psychanalysis will find this book of 180 pages worth while. It adopts the attitude that there is something to be said on both sides. There is a review of the origin of present-day psychanalysis and a review of its development in the French school, led by the two pupils of Charcot—Janet and Freud. There is also a good outline of the development of the school of hypnotism. Mitchell emphasizes, among many other things, the essential differences between hypnotism and psychanalysis: one seeks to impose the personality of the physician on the patient, the other seeks to permit the patient to invoke the full content of his personality in the cure of his condition.

The style is pleasant and easy. Extremely technical terms are avoided and when inserted are well defined. The analysis of

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