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April 8, 1974

Great Cases in Psychoanalysis

JAMA. 1974;228(2):214. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230270058037

The strength and weakness of this book lies in the heterogeneity of the articles it contains. Dr. Greenwald's objective is to portray the history of the development of psychoanalysis through the presentation of representative case histories by famous authors. "For the professional therapist or student, whether he be psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker, these cases will illustrate the therapeutic methods employed by the masters in our field." Exposure to the heterogeneous collection of case histories might expose the reader to points of view other than those with which he may be familiar.

Theories that differed on personality development and structure, and on the origin and rational treatment of emotional disorder divided psychoanalysis into various schools in the early part of the century. Many of the case histories in this book were originally reported to support the theoretical position of proponents of one or another of the schools. A single report