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January 12, 1935

Outline of Clinical Psychoanalysis

JAMA. 1935;104(2):141-142. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760020057027

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In this book Fenichel has brought together the psychoanalytic concepts of the clinical varieties of neuroses and psychoses into a systematic treatise. It thus constitutes a systematic (and the first) textbook of clinical psychoanalytic psychopathology. The material has been collected from an enormous literature combined with the personal clinical experience of the author; the fundamental points of distinction between the different types are illustrated by brief statements of analytic interpretation of actual cases. The book undoubtedly will do much to crystallize the concepts of clinical psychoanalysis and to bring them into correlation with medical practice. It has great value for the practicing analyst and the student of psychoanalysis, rendering available conveniently the work of many authors. For an intelligent reading of the book, however, a general knowledge of the principles and theories of formal psychoanalysis is necessary. As Fenichel says in the introduction, "we must assume that our readers are

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