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April 28, 1951

Elements of Psychoanalysis

JAMA. 1951;145(17):1389. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920350083038

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Abstract

This book is a collection of papers written by outstanding leaders in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. Material is presented in a form suitable for the intelligent layman who is attempting through increased knowledge to more effectively face personal, family and social problems of living. Contributions have been made by Franz Alexander, Anna Freud, Karl Menninger and other well known authorities in psychoanalysis.

Problems are presented in a manner that provides insight and guidance through the examination of examples of distorted lives and discussion of the dynamic elements of personality which enter into these distortions. Problems relating to alcohol, impotence, frigidity, homosexuality, criminology and basic difficulties of childhood are discussed. The book includes an interesting compendium of common misunderstandings of psychoanalysis and an explanation of such errors. A chapter concerning problems of present day marriage and divorce seems particularly interesting.

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