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Reider, N. (1951). Clinical Studies of Psychoanalysis: By Sandor Lorand, M.D. (New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1950.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 32:326.

(1951). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 32:326

Clinical Studies of Psychoanalysis: By Sandor Lorand, M.D. (New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1950.)

Review by:
Norman Reider

Dr. Lorand has collected eighteen papers, previously published from 1929 to 1948. With the exception of one paper on the correlation of theory and technique, the collection deals primarily with a considerable amount of clinical material which simply presented illustrates convincingly the accepted Freudian psychodynamic principles. The two very brief papers on 'The Mantle Symbol' and 'On the Meaning of Losing Teeth in Dreams' are particularly good.

It is noteworthy that the clinical material as such stands out often in contrast to the theoretical aspects. For instance, the paper on 'Hypnotic Suggestion' is quite interesting and impressive so far as the case material is concerned; however, the generalizations given in the conclusions are questionable in the light of the researches in hypnosis in the past ten years. Likewise, the clinical data on exhibitionism and scoptophilia in 'The Psychology of Nudism' really have little to do with the title of the paper.

As the author states in his preface, the dynamic approach to understanding the development of the various types of neuroses has not changed up to the present. Throughout the papers the dynamic approach is the one which is stressed with practically no reference to ego psychology. Herein lies the strength of these clinical presentations, and/or their weakness.

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