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October 1958

Otto Rank—A Biographical Study Based on Notebooks, Letters, Collected Writings, Therapeutic Achievements and Personal Associations

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;80(4):531-532. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340100131029

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By Jessie Taft, Ph.D. Price, $6.50. Pp. 299. The Julian Press, Inc., 80 E. 11th St., New York 3, 1958.

In the foreword, Taft states the purpose of the book as follows: "To present something about Rank as a genius, an artist in his own right, not as a disciple of Freud but in terms of his own self-development; the inestimable value for him of his finding of Freud and the inner necessity (for his genius) as well as the personal tragedy of his separation from the Freudian group."

The book is divided into four chapters, each covering significant periods of Rank's life and the influence each had on the one to follow. The first chapter, "The Early Years," draws its content from the four "daybooks," which were started in 1903, when Rank was 19 years of age, and continued up to 1905, when his momentous meeting with Freud occurred. The second chapter is devoted

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