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July 31, 1926

Le rêve et la psychanalyse.

JAMA. 1926;87(5):349. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680050059038

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This explains simply but in fair detail the importance of dreams in psychanalysis. Due justice is paid to Freud, and his doctrines form the basis of the book, which is really a summary of his work, although the examples and interpretations are all from original French sources. The book is divided into three parts. The first is historical, and gives a good description of ancient and modern dream conceptions. Authors from the ancient Greeks, Romans, Persians and Chinese are quoted; the superstitions and ideas of the value and meaning of dreams held by the natives of Scandinavia, Greenland, North America (Indians), Madagascar, Pacific Islands and many other places are sketched. The older French conceptions of dream import are fully explained in another chapter, and prefreudian interpretations are minutely detailed. The second portion of the book is concerned with the technical side of the interpretation of dreams according to Freud's method,

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