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Galef, H.R. (1978). Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. CLXV, 1977: Book Review: The Mind-Body Problem Revisited—Commentaries on "Freud's 'Project' Re-assessed" by Karl H. Pribram and Merton Gill. Pp. 427-441.. Psychoanal Q., 47:651.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. CLXV, 1977: Book Review: The Mind-Body Problem Revisited—Commentaries on "Freud's 'Project' Re-assessed" by Karl H. Pribram and Merton Gill. Pp. 427-441.

(1978). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 47:651

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. CLXV, 1977: Book Review: The Mind-Body Problem Revisited—Commentaries on "Freud's 'Project' Re-assessed" by Karl H. Pribram and Merton Gill. Pp. 427-441.

Harold R. Galef

This is an interesting compendium of critical essays to be read in conjunction with Pribram's paper. It includes comments by a psychoanalyst (Charles Brenner), two psychobiologists (Robert G. Grenell and Enoch Callaway), and a philosopher (Judith Farr Tormey). Brenner points out that the authors have approached the Project as a relevant scientific contribution rather than as a document of historical interest. Their view is that Freud attempted to explain his recent discoveries by applying established findings from neurophysiology to psychic phenomena. Brenner feels that Freud's attempt went in exactly the opposite direction, and that the facts in the Project were the psychological ones.

Grenell discusses the author's attempts to reconcile certain psychological and biological issues and applauds their efforts, but feels that conceptual problems interfere with their success. Dr. Calloway points out the differing aims and conclusions of each of the two authors: Gill wishes psychoanalysis to be freed of attachment to natural science, while Pribram feels that the two can be made compatible. Tormey deals with the mind-body issue, giving an interesting brief history of the problems in differentiating the mental from the physical. She strongly suggests that the book does not deal satisfactorily with the large, over-all conceptual issues, but is rather rich in suggestions of certain points of connection.

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Galef, H.R. (1978). Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. CLXV, 1977. Psychoanal. Q., 47:651

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