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August 13, 1938

Dream Analysis: A Practical Handbook in Psychoanalysis

JAMA. 1938;111(7):648. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790330068023

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Since an understanding of psychoanalysis is highly dependent on the analysis of dreams, one should be able to get a great deal of information from a systematized volume on this subject. The author delivered the material included in this volume in lecture form during the years 1934 and 1936 at the London Institute of Psychoanalysis. It is a well organized volume, not particularly technical or deep, but it does require some knowledge of psychoanalysis to get the most out of it. The author begins the volume with a discussion of a dream as a typical and individual psychic product. There is some discussion here of individual dreams, but the symbolism of these dreams is perhaps too lightly touched on, although later in the book this symbolism is developed to a greater extent. Since it is necessary to understand the mechanisms of dream formation, the author devotes the second chapter to

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