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Bing, J.F. (1983). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980: Freud as Scientist and Psychoanalysis as Science. George H. Pollock. Pp. 3-18.. Psychoanal Q., 52:139.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980: Freud as Scientist and Psychoanalysis as Science. George H. Pollock. Pp. 3-18.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:139

The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980: Freud as Scientist and Psychoanalysis as Science. George H. Pollock. Pp. 3-18.

James F. Bing

This article was presented to the First International Symposium on the Unconscious, Tbilisi, Georgia, USSR, Oct. 1, 1979. Pollock fulfills his purpose well, both in showing how Freud was a scientist and also how psychoanalysis was based on scientific methodology. The article is a summary of the pertinent data to prove this thesis. The last sentences perhaps convey the flavor of the entire article: "Freud observed the workings of the unconscious. He did not invent it; he attempted only to describe it." Pollock thus presents Freud as a scientist who observed certain phenomena, described these phenomena on various levels of abstraction, and integrated the phenomena into a systematized science. Although the entire article has a great many areas of important substance, perhaps the most valuable is section four, in which the author beautifully describes how Waelder elaborated on these levels of abstraction, thereby clarifying the confusion existing among those who attempt to negate their importance. Pollock adds a level of his own, namely, "attempting to synthesize the various theories into a systematic body of knowledge that constitutes a science."

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Bing, J.F. (1983). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VIII, 1980. Psychoanal. Q., 52:139

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