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September 1946


Am J Dis Child. 1946;72(3):360. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020320111013

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This is an excellent exposition and interpreted description of the processes of hypnosis and mental analysis. The first 135 pages are devoted to a description of the analysis of an extremely complex individual, who had had a rather unusual artistic training which gave him the symbolic attitude of the artist and perhaps, one might add, of the insane. Hypnotism was used to bring out symbolic values and to give some suggestion as to their importance and interpretation. Analysis of a psychoanalytic type is fully used and described. This case report is followed by a 20 page "Dynamic Interpretation" by Dr. A. Kardiner, whose thorough knowledge and considerable experience in the analytic field gives his interpretation its value. There are then another 180 pages about the theory and practice of hypnoanalysis. The chapters of greatest interest perhaps are those that deal with the relationship between the patient and the doctor. Their

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