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March 2, 1935

Facts and Theories of Psychoanalysis

JAMA. 1935;104(9):775. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760090079038

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Although it is probable that psychoanalysis as a technic has come to stay, there still remain many questions about justifying the theories behind it. There are dissensions between members of the analytic and nonanalytic groups of psychiatrists and even some differences of interpretation and opinions among the freudian psychoanalysts themselves. Nevertheless, when those who have a proper background discuss psychoanalysis, they usually agree on the fundamentals. Much of the dissension has arisen from the lack of a good book on the basic theories and beliefs that are held by properly qualified psychoanalysts. The present volume is a compendium of psychoanalytic theories. There is little in it that is controversial and its facts are largely those presented by Freud himself rather than the products of some of his more bizarre disciples. The first part of the book presents the history of freudian psychology and the meaning of psychosexuality; the second part

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