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Niederland, W.G. (1961). Science and Psychoanalysis, Volume III. Psychoanalysis and Human Values: Edited by Jules H. Masserman, M.D. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1960. 377 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 30:113-114.

(1961). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 30:113-114

Science and Psychoanalysis, Volume III. Psychoanalysis and Human Values: Edited by Jules H. Masserman, M.D. New York: Grune & Stratton, Inc., 1960. 377 pp.

Review by:
William G. Niederland

It has become quite a vogue in recent years to compile and print speedily, and sometimes uncritically, all the papers read at a meeting or symposium. Volume III of Science and Psychoanalysis is such a compilation which contains some forty contributions and discussions, presented at meetings of the Academy of Psychoanalysis in 1958 and 1959. The volume is comprised of six parts: surveys; theoretical and philosophical considerations; anthropologic and sociologic context; developmental observations; clinical studies; values in therapy. Early in the book the editor likens the approach and tenor of some of the contributors to the story of Procrustes who was 'slain by the Greek hero Theseus, who then formed an Aegean League which welcomed all free-thinking and amicable city-states into a more enlightened confederation. In English translation, read: the Academy of Psychoanalysis.' Thus it comes as no great surprise when, at the end of the book, the statement is made: 'How can the affect of guilt, which by definition is a conscious, felt experience, be considered to be unconscious?'.

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