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February 1929

Die Hysterische Reaktionsweise.

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By Dr. Hans Krisch. Price, 4.50 marks. Pp. 97. Berlin: Urban & Schwarzenberg.

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;21(2):474-475. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02210200230022

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Die Wissenschaftlichen Grundlagen der Psychoanalyse Freuds. By Dr. M. Nachmansohn.  Paper. Price, 7 marks. Pp. 106. Berlin: S. Karger, 1928.Both these books belong to an increasing number which undertake a critical examination of the position of psychoanalysis in relation to normal and abnormal mental life, and both authors, as is customary, pride themselves on their freedom from all fetters binding them to the catechism of any particular school. Of the two, Krisch, who appears to have recently discovered psychoanalysis, is the more convinced of the great utility of Freud's theories and has allotted to himself the task of preparing in "usable form" the nuclei or principles of psychoanalysis for the classic psychiatrist. His avowed aim is to present not so much the negative as the positive aspects of psychoanalysis.For after discounting all the exaggeration in the construction and generalizations of psychoanalysis, he believes that it has led to