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J., E. (1920). Grundzü Der Psychoanalyse: By Leo Kaplan, (Deuticke, Vienna. Pp. 306.).. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 1:328.

(1920). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 1:328

Grundzü Der Psychoanalyse: By Leo Kaplan, (Deuticke, Vienna. Pp. 306.).

Review by:
E. J.

This book purports to give a systematical account of psycho-analysis. One therefore has to compare it with the only two other books having the same aim, namely Hitschmann's and Pfister's (those by Brill and the reviewer are not quite comparable, being rather expositions of special aspects of the subject). Of the three, Hitschmann's is ccrtainly the most accurate and authentic, its chief defect being its condensed nature and its baldness. Pfister's has the advantage over both the others of containing a large number of examples of analytical work taken from actual cases, but this is more than counterbalanced by the confused and sometimes inaccurate presentation. The principal value of the present book lies in the large amount of material extracted from non-medical sources, the author having evidently an extensive knowledge of folk-lore and allied subjects. The fresh analytical material he contributes consists mainly of dream analyses. A prominent striking feature is the author's agreeable and interesting style. From the point of view of accuracy there is nothing left to be desired. The book, therefore, can be cordially recommended as a valuable pendant to Hitschmann's work, and as a trustworthy introduction to psycho-analysis. It should be mentioned further that the author makes some interesting contributions of his own, notably on the subjects of suicide and narcissism.

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