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June 1968

Psychoanalysis: The First Ten Years.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(6):765-766. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740060125018

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Students of psychoanalysis have long felt the need for research in the intellectual history of their subject, and the last several years have witnessed the publication of many of the essential source materials about Freud, his teachers, and his early followers upon which such a history will have to be based. A book on the seminal first decade from 1888 to 1898 is especially important as it must deal with the fundamental discoveries which support the entire edifice of psychoanalytic knowledge and theory.

Unfortunately, Walter Stewart has written a book which fails to carry out the historical program of its title. A useful chronological chart and a brief introductory chapter summarizing the relevant portions of the Ernest Jones biography of Freud comprise the only sections of this book presented from a historical viewpoint; the remaining six chapters constitute largely independent essays, each dealing

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