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Lourie, R.S. (1973). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Volume XXVI: New York/Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1971. 616 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 42:283-284.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 42:283-284

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Volume XXVI: New York/Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1971. 616 pp.

Review by:
Reginald S. Lourie, M.D.

It has become an unnecessarily stated truism that each new volume of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child meets the expectations created by its predecessors. Volume XXVI maintains the high level of contributions to both child psychoanalytic theory and practice.

Both old and new themes and concepts are included in this latest volume. Reworking of earlier concepts in the light of newer information resulting in additional depth, highlights the section on psychoanalytic theory. Anna Freud, among others, contributes her current thinking on genetic and dynamic considerations in infantile neuroses, while Kurt Eissler brings his thinking up to date on the death drive, ambivalence, and narcissism. Hans Loewald writes on motivations and instinct theory.

In the section covering aspects of normal and pathological development, a most important new contribution is The Baby Profile, by W. E. Freud. This report applies the Hampstead assessment schema to the earliest stages of life. Applying the Hampstead profile to the field of early child development will be useful to a number of investigational and clinical programs ranging from developmental psychology to pediatrics, child psychiatry, and the emerging approaches to infant day care. In addition, this section has outstanding papers by Samuel Ritvo, James and Joyce Robertson, Ernest Kafka, Sheldon Bach, Marian Tolpin, Eleanor Galenson, and Herman Roiphe.

The clinical and applied psychoanalytic contributions in this volume include authoritative reports on separation, decision making, blind children, problems of reconstruction, and adolescent antitherapeutic maneuvers, as well as a psychoanalytic consideration of Joseph Conrad and The Conflict of Command.

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