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August 1956

Principles of Psychoanalysis

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(2):228. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330260114016

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In 1922 Nunberg published his "Allegemeine Neurosenlehre auf psychoanalytischer Grundlage." In a foreword, Freud stated that it was the most complete and accurate presentation at that time of a psychoanalytic theory of neurotic processes. This book is an English translation of the original German edition some twenty-four years later, with only minor alterations and additions.

The German is admirably translated by Madlyn and Sidney Kahr, the latter a well-known senior analyst. There is an adequate index and an extensive bibliography, not as up-to-date as could be expected. This book is a welcome translation, for, in spite of the fact that little recent material is included, it is still the best available text of psychoanalytic principles. The writing is excellent, making difficult ideas easily understandable. There are many illustrative case vignettes which help elucidate the didactic text. The book is highly recommended for the student of psychiatry and psychoanalysis.