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February 5, 1949

Take Off Your Mask

JAMA. 1949;139(6):419. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900230073037

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This book presents a fairly accurate picture of preliminary interviews together with actual reproductions of the procedure and technic of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Dr. Eidelberg is a well trained and experienced psychoanalyst. He is also a clever man. Readers may get the impression that the author stresses his cleverness and overdramatizes the situations presented. This may have been done deliberately to accentuate the reader's interest. The reader may also get the impression that considerably more movement occurs during single interviews than usually actually occurs. This may be the result of the author's desire to condense as much material as possible into this small volume. On the whole, this is an extremely interesting, well written book. It is probably the best of its kind to be released for the general public. It is recommended reading for every one interested in dynamic psychiatry.

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