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May 12, 1956

Principles of Psychoanalysis: Their Application to the Neuroses

JAMA. 1956;161(2):181. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970020061027

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This book, initially published in German in 1932, now makes available to the English-reading student of psychoanalysis a profound and comprehensive presentation of the psychoanalytic theory of the neurotic process by one of the ablest exponents of this branch of medical science of our day. Despite some revisions and additions made by the author, the basic content of this book is essentially the same as in the earlier work, about which Freud wrote in a foreword: "Those who seek a simplification and a glossing over of the problems with which it deals will be disappointed in this book. Those, however, who prefer scientific thinking, who appreciate theoretical formulations which never abandon their ties to experience, those who can savor the rich diversity of psychic events—those persons will value and eagerly study this work." Despite the competence of the translation, this book is not easy to read. It is not an

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