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Ehrenwald, J. (1967). 50 Years of The Psychoanalytic Review: Psychoanalysis in America: Historical Perspectives, edited by Murray H. Sherman, Ph.D., Springfield, 111.: Charles C. Thomas, 1966, XII + 518 pp.. Am. Imago, 24(1-2):151-152.
    

(1967). American Imago, 24(1-2):151-152

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50 Years of The Psychoanalytic Review: Psychoanalysis in America: Historical Perspectives, edited by Murray H. Sherman, Ph.D., Springfield, 111.: Charles C. Thomas, 1966, XII + 518 pp.

Review by:
Jan Ehrenwald, M.D.

Browsing through this collection of articles selected from fifty years of The Psychoanalytic Review, is like attending one of those big professional cocktail parties which have been fashionable until recent years. One meets a number of old friends and acquaintances; one is introduced to a few new friends or re-introduced to old ones. Forgotten bibliographic references come to a semblance of life—or turn out to be mere “papers “yellowed by time.

Murray H. Sherman, the editor, is a genial host whose introductory notes are always well taken and informative, whether they deal with the historical contributions by William Alanson White, Karl A. Menninger and George Devereux (both on Smith Ely Jeliffe), or the article “The Man Moses “and “The Man Freud “by Hanns Sachs.

Some of the clinical contributions contained in the book have perhaps been gathering too much dust with the passage of time. But Paul Schilder's articles on “The Social Neurosis “and on “Problems in the Technique of Psychoanalysis “are still highly instructive reading. Likewise, Nolan D. C. Lewis' “Observations on the Castration Reaction in Males “is certainly worth being brought back from oblivion. So is Paul Federn's study on hysteria versus obsessional neurosis; or Martin Grotjahn's ego-analytical approach to the process of awakening. Jule Nydes' scholarly article on “The Paranoid-Masochistic Character “is written in the best Reikian tradition.

Nandor Fodor is represented by one of his original and imaginative studies on dream analysis. An interesting article by Dexter M. Bullard deals with aspects of negative versus positive transference in the therapy of paranoid patients, while Stierlin's thoughtful paper focuses on the problem of relatedness in the psychotherapy of schizophrenia.

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