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November 19, 1955

The Life and Work of Sigmund Freud. Volume 2: Years of Maturity, 1901-1919

JAMA. 1955;159(12):1252. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960290078023

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The second volume of the proposed three volume biography of Sigmund Freud is divided into three parts. Part 1 deals with Freud in his maturity at the time when he waged his battle against the hostile world and no less hostile medical profession. He had disciples, but they were few, and even these were not in full accord with his views. Before long, dissensions and even defections developed. Prominent among the deserters were Adler, Stekel, and Jung. The second part of the book is particularly interesting and valuable because of the comprehensive, though brief, exposé of Freud's contributions to the subjects of infantile sexuality and the libido theory. These indeed are the most important elements in Freud's investigation of the "unconscious." The third part, analyzing Freud as a man, is excellent. What sort of person was the man who was able to penetrate the mystery of the unconscious? We discover,

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