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October 20, 1945

Character-Analysis: Principles and Technique for Psychoanalysts in Practice and in Training

JAMA. 1945;129(8):581. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860420049026

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This book is an English translation of Reich's book of the same title published in Germany in 1933. As the jacket states, the book is intended for "students and practitioners in psychoanalysis." The book is not recommended to physicians or laymen who are not extremely well oriented in this specialty. There is much in the content of a controversial nature. The author takes a superior, almost condescending attitude toward most psychoanalysts, including Freud, whom he appears to condemn with faint praise. While there may be and probably is valuable material of careful thought and investigation contained in the contents of this volume, the subjects discussed should be strictly confined to serious students of dynamic psychiatry. Other readers will only be confused and bewildered by Reich's scientific jargon.

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