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Naftalin, M. (1958). Correspondence. Psychoanal Q., 27:630-631.

(1958). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 27:630-631


Moses Naftalin, M.D.

Dr. Max Stern is right and I wish to thank him for his letter. I may add that his further remarks on Freud's meaning do not apply, since my communication is neither about the genesis of Moses nor about progress in spirituality, but is concerned with the psychopathology of everyday life.

I would like to state that I considered originally that the error was the printer's or translator's, but came to the conclusion that it was Freud's for a number of reasons, one of which is that the translator, Mrs. Katherine Jones, writes in the translator's notes: 'I am indebted to Mr. James Strachey and Mr. Wilfrid Trotter for kindly reading through this translation and for making a number of valuable suggestions. I have also had the advantage of consulting the author on some doubtful points.'

Another reason for my conclusion that it was Freud's error was that it was evident the translator had correctly read and translated the German word or words, 'for breath of wind', almost at the same place that the mistake occurred. I concluded, therefore, that it was unlikely that that very word (in this case Hauch) would have appeared again and not have been translated appropriately. In addition, in the translator's note, Mrs. Jones states, '… Part III has not previously appeared in print'.

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