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Skolnikoff, A.Z. (1997). The Spectrum Of Psychoanalysis: Essays In Honor Of Martin S. Bergmann. Edited by Arlene Kramer Richards and Arnold D. Richards. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1994, 410 pp., $55.00.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 45:612-614.

(1997). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 45:612-614

The Spectrum Of Psychoanalysis: Essays In Honor Of Martin S. Bergmann. Edited by Arlene Kramer Richards and Arnold D. Richards. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, 1994, 410 pp., $55.00.

Review by:
Alan Z. Skolnikoff

It is difficult to give a brief review of this excellent collection of essays honoring Martin Bergmann, a creative, free-ranging psychoanalytic thinker whom several of the contributors know well from their personal involvement with him. Reading the contributions in Part I of Munter and Pekowsky, and Irene Chiarandini, the reader is invited to experience the warmth, open-mindedness, and inspiration that Bergmann was able to convey in the noninstitutional setting of a continuing private seminar. No less emotional are the photographs of Bergmann and his family and the wonderful poem of Eugene Mahon to bring one closer to this inspiring scholar.

To describe Bergmann's ideas, the centerpiece of Part I is Arlene Richards's introductory chapter outlining the multiple strands of Bergmann's thought. She divides his contributions chronologically into the four categories used to organize this volume: (1) Psychoanalytic Technique, (2) Love, (3) Holocaust Studies, and (4) Creativity.

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