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October 1956

Great Men—Psychoanalytic Studies.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(4):454. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330280112015

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Dr. Hitschmann and Dr. Ernest Jones are the oldest living exponents of Freud's work. Hitschmann very early became interested in the nature of creative processes viewed from the psychoanalytic frame of reference. He brought to this method a high quality of scholarship and artistry. This is clearly pointed out in an excellent preface by Dr. Sydney Margolin. The great men studied by Hitschmann through the psychoanalytic method include Schopenhauer, Samuel Johnson, Boswell, and several others. His writings concerning great men, dating from about 1911 through 1951, have been translated into English and collected in this volume. The individual essays make fascinating reading, and, although one may decry the lack of data on which conclusions were made and the strictly psychoanalytic point of view, nevertheless, the total volume makes for fascinating and constructive reading.

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