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April 1945

Freud's Contribution to Psychiatry.

Arch NeurPsych. 1945;53(4):326-327. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1945.02300040072017

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Brill was the Salmon lecturer in 1943. He chose to discuss Freud's contribution to psychiatry, and these lecturers are now available in book form. Brill is the translator of many of Freud's books and his close and faithful friend for many years.

Much of the volume is concerned with the history of the development of the psychoanalytic movement. The first three chapters concern Dr. Brill's introduction to psychoanalysis, from the descriptive psychiatry then in vogue in New York to the interpretive psychiatry in Europe. Brill's quest for knowledge concerning hypnotism led him to Paris, just as Freud had been led earlier. He then studied at Burghölzli, where, together with his chief, Bleuler, and Jung, Riklin, Abraham and Hans Meier, Freud's association technic was first used. A résumé of Freud's professional life follows this introduction. The whole development of psychoanalysis is unfolded, beginning with Freud's fascination by hypnotism, his studies of

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