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January 1949

The Case Book of a Medical Psychologist.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;61(1):97-98. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310070103012

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Dr. Berg has given a readable book, consisting of the verbatim reports of 25 cases during analytic treatment. Along with the productions of patients and therapeutists, he gives glimpses into technics of therapy, as well as his theories concerning the dynamics of the specific nervous illness under consideration.

Prefacing the case material, Dr. Berg discusses anxiety as the foundation of nervous illnesses. He states his theory of neuroses as the conflict resulting from infantile instinctive impulses, which are prevented from reaching maturity by infantile morality or society. It should be noted that there is little digression from, or addition to, Freud's theories concerning the dynamics, structure and treatment of the neuroses.

The case material is well selected and representative of analytic practice. These cases illustrate a wide variety of psychopathology and dynamics. One can appreciate the direct simplicity of these presentations and discussions. Nowhere are there gaps in continuity in

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