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J., E. (1940). Facts and Theories of Psychoanalysis: By Ives Hendrick. New Edition. (Alfred A. Knopf Ltd., New York, 1939. Pp. xv + 369. Price, $3.00.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 21:482-483.

(1940). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 21:482-483

Facts and Theories of Psychoanalysis: By Ives Hendrick. New Edition. (Alfred A. Knopf Ltd., New York, 1939. Pp. xv + 369. Price, $3.00.)

Review by:
E. J.

The first edition of this book was reviewed in this JOURNAL six years ago (Vol. XV, 1934, p. 474). The favourable impression then expressed is more than confirmed by the present edition. It has been considerably extended and two new chapters have been added: one on the psychological study of organic disease, and one on the extra-medical applications of psycho-analysis. The inadequate account of the new ideas evolved in

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London which was a defect of the first edition has now been replaced by a more satisfactory one.

There are few textbooks on psycho-analysis better than this one. It is so good that there is little to criticize or correct in it. The only important mistake is that the author identifies Freud's Eros concept with Jung's Libido concept, overlooking the important difference that the former is part of a dualistic theory inherently involving conflict, whereas the latter is not. He still over-estimates the value of Jung's more recent ideas and does not perceive enough the negative element in them; consequently he can write: 'On this, as on other points of theory, the views of Freud and Jung to-day are seldom irreconcilable' (p. 310). There are a few errors of fact. The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis was founded in 1920, not in 1923. Dr. Eitingon was not a Zurich psychiatrist practising analysis in 1902, but a German psychiatrist who studied with Jung in 1907. The name of Dr. Edward Glover should have been added to mine on p. 315. Totem and

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