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October 1956

The Legacy of Sigmund Freud.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1956;76(4):455-456. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1956.02330280113018

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When a famous man dies, it seems to be common practice for a number of authors to rush to press with critical evaluations of the contributions of the man and his imprint on culture, society, science, history, and life. Now, one hundred years after the birth of Freud, and a very short seventeen years after his death, Arlow has written a small book about Freud that assiduously and with skill avoids the usual pitfall, namely, a complete evaluation at a time when it is impossible to make one because an insufficient period has elapsed to let his work settle into its proper niche in the panorama of history.

An outgrowth of the work of the Freud Centenary Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Arlow's monograph attempts to show us some measure of the genius of Freud, and to demonstrate some of the rich legacy he has left us, in the