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Tomlinson, C. (1997). Heresy: Sandor Rado And The Psychoanalytic Movement. By Paul Roazen and Bluma Swerdloff. Northvale, NJ: Aronson, 1995, $35.00.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 45:1324-1329.

(1997). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 45:1324-1329

Heresy: Sandor Rado And The Psychoanalytic Movement. By Paul Roazen and Bluma Swerdloff. Northvale, NJ: Aronson, 1995, $35.00.

Review by:
Craig Tomlinson

The recent revival of interest in Sandor Ferenczi has not extended to his friend and compatriot Sandor Rado, who in posterity has managed one of the more unusual disappearing acts in psychoanalytic history. Whether best classified as a heretic, an extender, or a modifier, to use Bergmann's terminology (1993)—arguably, Rado was at various times all three—he seems in any case to have dropped off the psychoanalytic map altogether. Based on an edited version of interviews with Rado conducted by Swerdloff in the early 1960s, this book is intended as an effort to “locate Rado in his rightful place in the history of the psychoanalytic movement” (p. ix). That this should be necessary is remarkable enough; however controversial he may have been, Rado's claim to be remembered among the foremost figures of the psychoanalytic movement in the first half of the twentieth century is beyond contention. Beginning with his early friendship with Ferenczi and his role in founding the Hungarian Psychoanalytic Association in 1913, Rado's contributions to psychoanalytic inquiry, education, and practice were of the highest order. A key member and education director of the original Berlin Institute, he was from the mid-1920s trusted editor of both the Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse and Imago. Invited by A. A. Brill and the New York Psychoanalytic Society to create the first formal training program in the United States, he arrived in 1931 and became a pivotal figure in the controversies and schisms in American analysis during the following decade.

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