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Cole, E.M. (1920). Reviews of Recent Expository Books on Psycho-Analysis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 1:205-207.

(1920). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 1:205-207

Reviews of Recent Expository Books on Psycho-Analysis

Review by:
Estelle Maude Cole

1.   Psycho-Analysis and its Place in Life. By M. K. Bradby. (London. Frowde. Hodder and Stoughton.)

2.   Man's Unconscious Conflict. By Wilfrid Lay, Ph. D. (New York. Dodd, Mead & Co.; London. Macmillan & Co.)

3.   The Child's Unconscious Mind. By Wilfrid Lay, Ph. D. (New York. Dodd, Mead & Co.; London. Macmillan & Co.)

4.   Psycho-Analysis: A Brief Account of the Freudian Theory. By Barbara Low, B. A. (London. George Allen and Unwin, Ltd.)

5.   Mechanisms of Character Formation. By William A. White, M. D. (New York. The Macmillan Co.)

These five books by four different authors have the common object of presenting the leading facts of Psycho-Analysis to readers who have no previous acquaintance with the subject, but the manner of presentation adopted by the four authors differs very widely.

Miss Bradby, who is a lecturer in Mental Science, seems to have in view the general adult who is also a student and casts a wide net to capture the attention of the casual reader. She makes free use of her own obviously broad range of reading and shows much acuteness in pressing it into service for the purpose of her book. With all her enthusiasm, however, in presenting the subject, Miss Bradby's book is somewhat open to the imputation of being an "Apologia" and the author is inclined to protest overmuch that Psycho-Analysis is not what a superficial observer might suppose.

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