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June 1969

On Sigmund Freud's Dreams.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(6):739-740. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740180123024

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Alexander Grinstein, already well known for his valuable volumes of the Index of Psychoanalytic Writings, has again made a significant contribution to psychoanalytic history and to the understanding of the historical unfolding of psychoanalytic concepts in his new book, On Sigmund Freud's Dreams. Grinstein has selected, for detailed study, 19 dreams which Freud had between 1895 and 1900—the germinal period of many of his basic discoveries. The dreams are presented in chronological sequence and are dated wherever possible. The approach followed in this volume is based on the principle utilized in all psychoanalytic dream interpretation, namely, that every association to each element of the manifest dream is significant and necessary to the understanding of the latent dream thoughts. Thus Grinstein examines Freud's associations in detail, and the day residues as well as literary allusions, some quite obscure, have been traced. As a result, not

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