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Errington, M. (1999). Freud Under Analysis - Essays in Honour of Paul Roazen edited by Todd DuFresne. Published by Aronson, New Jersey, 1997; 314 pages. £39.95 hardback. Brit. J. Psychother., 15(4):519-521.
  

(1999). British Journal of Psychotherapy, 15(4):519-521

Freud Under Analysis - Essays in Honour of Paul Roazen edited by Todd DuFresne. Published by Aronson, New Jersey, 1997; 314 pages. £39.95 hardback

Review by:
Meg Errington

It was Oscar Wilde who said that every great man has his disciples and it is always Judas who writes the biography. If Ernest Jones was Freud's official biographer then Paul Roazen, the Canadian historian of psychoanalysis, has acquired the status of unofficial one. Michael Rogin in his Foreword to this book and Todd DuFresne, the Editor, in his Introduction, outline in some detail the circumstances which, in their view, have led to Roazen's work being ostracized by the analytic community. In 1969 Roazen published Brother Animal - The Story of Freud and Tausk in which he revealed the tragedy of Victor Tausk, a brilliant but disturbed young disciple of Freud. According to Rogin, Tausk was ‘a man in struggle with the master over issues of intellectual priority’ (p. xii). (According to other accounts at the time Tausk had suffered from hallucinations.) Freud refused to take Tausk into analysis with him but sent him to Helene Deutsch, herself in analysis with Freud.

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