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September 1968

Freud: Political and Social Thought.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(3):377-378. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740090121013

This is an excellent book for many reasons. From the purely materialistic point of view the publisher has taken unusual pains to create a form adequate for its contents. The author's references are extensive and correct. The index is brief but adequate. However, the epilogue in which the book on Woodrow Wilson by Freud and Bullitt is criticized could have been omitted. It adds nothing to the main theme of the author except to enable him to repeat again: "Had Freud shown greater humility in the face of mass phenomena, had he acknowledged that they cannot be understood on the simple analogies of mental conflict, the Wilson fiasco would have been impossible" and again: "although contemporary American psychiatry would be inconceivable without Freud, there are certain aspects of Freud's own interpretations which now seem obviously out of date scientifically."

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