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Perman, G.P. (2008). Freud at 150:21st Century Essays on a Man of Genius, Edited by Joseph P. Merlino, Marilyn S. Jacobs, Judy Ann Kaplan, and K. Lynne Moritz. Jason Aronson, 2008, 193 pp., $29.95.. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 36(1):207-210.

(2008). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 36(1):207-210

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Freud at 150:21st Century Essays on a Man of Genius, Edited by Joseph P. Merlino, Marilyn S. Jacobs, Judy Ann Kaplan, and K. Lynne Moritz. Jason Aronson, 2008, 193 pp., $29.95.

Review by:
Gerald P. Perman, M.D.

Edited by:
César A. Alfonso, M.D.

Sigmund Freud quipped to Carl Jung on their transatlantic voyage that his American audience wouldn't be so excited if they realized that he was bringing them the plague. Freud at 150: 21st Century Essays on a Man of Genius is a collection of brief papers offering an appreciation and critical review of “the plague” with which Freud infected mankind. Since Freud and psychoanalysis are inextricably bound at the hip-unlike any other “science” and its founder—the essays cover both the history of Freud and the history of psychoanalysis.

On September 15, 2006 the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. hosted a symposium on the occasion of Freud's 150th birthday (b. May 6, 1856). The afternoon speakers were representatives of the Psychoanalytic Consortium consisting of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the American Psychological Association, Division 39 (Psychoanalysis), and the National Membership Committee for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work. Other speakers were featured in the evening. This symposium, titled Freud's Place in Our Minds: A Day of Reflection on Sigmund Freud's Significance in the 21st Century, inspired the publication of this book.

Freud at 150 consists of a preface by Heinz Fischer, the President of Austria, an introduction by Eva Nowotny, Austrian Ambassador to the United States, essays by a number of Freud scholars, the Consortium presentations, and 21 selected photographs of Freud, his family and contemporaries.

In Part I, Edith Kurzweil, sociologist and emeritus professor at Adelphi University, presents an overview of Freud's life and the development of psychoanalysis.

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