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January 24, 1986

Freud and the Imaginative World

JAMA. 1986;255(4):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370040123039

As the author notes in his preface, "This book is about Freud's link with the humanities. It rests on the assumptions that psychoanalysis is the product of a humanist tradition and that Freud's work extends and illuminates that tradition." In Freud and the Imaginative World, Harry Trosman, MD, a faculty member and training and supervising analyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago, explores the origins of psychoanalysis with respect to its relationship to creativity and the development of psychoanalytic views of the creative process.

The book is divided into two major sections. In Part 1, "The Claims of Humanism—Influence and Identity," Trosman reviews the milieu in which Freud lived and worked. Particular attention is given to the political, artistic, and scientific zeitgeist of the "formative culture"—its impact on and response to Freud the individual/artist/scientist. Part 2, "Psychoanalysis and the Arts," which