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Stoddart, W.H. (1924). Papers on Psycho-Analysis: By Ernest Jones, M.D., M.R.C.P. (Third Edition.) (Baillière, Tindall & Cox, London, 1923. Pp. x + 731. Price 25 s.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 5:221-219.
(1924). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 5:221-219
Papers on Psycho-Analysis: By Ernest Jones, M.D., M.R.C.P. (Third Edition.) (Baillière, Tindall & Cox, London, 1923. Pp. x + 731. Price 25 s.
Review by: W. H.B. Stoddart
The author is to be congratulated on the publication of the third edition of his textbook, not only on personal grounds, but also because the fact that only five years have elapsed since the last edition appeared is evidence that more people are taking an interest in psycho-analysis than might be supposed.
We have called it a textbook advisedly because, although it is ostensibly a mere collection of papers, it gives a clear conception of the theory and practice of psycho-analysis as a whole and in an explanatory way touches upon just those difficulties which the practising psycho-analyst most frequently encounters among his patients.
This edition differs from the last in that five chapters have been omitted and five new ones added. Some of the omissions will be regretted by many readers.
The new chapters are:
Recent advances in Psycho-Analysis.
Persons in dreams disguised as themselves.
The nature of Auto-suggestion.
Cold, Disease and Birth.
and Some problems of Adolescence.
The title of the second of these does not seem to us to express the meaning of the paper, but we admit the difficulty of finding a more accurate one which would be reasonably short. However, Dr. Jones is a very clear writer, and there is no difficulty in understanding the subject-matter of this interesting chapter.
'Cold, Disease and Birth ' is an attempt to trace the superstition that cold is a cause of disease to the sudden cold which everybody experiences at birth, especially along the respiratory tract. This paper lends itself to amplification, and we feel that it might easily be made more convincing.
The trivial nature of these strictures will correctly convey the impression that the contents of this volume are above serious criticism. Every earnest psycho-analyst must and undoubtedly will study every word of this book.
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