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Chalfin, R.M. (1986). Jelliffe: American Psychoanalyst and Physician: by John C. Burnham, and HIS CORRESPONDENCE WITH SIGMUND FREUD AND C. G. JUNG, edited by William McGuire. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 1983. 324 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 55:527-532.
(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:527-532
Jelliffe: American Psychoanalyst and Physician: by John C. Burnham, and HIS CORRESPONDENCE WITH SIGMUND FREUD AND C. G. JUNG, edited by William McGuire. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 1983. 324 pp.
Review by: Robert M. Chalfin
Smith Ely Jelliffe, one of the first American psychoanalysts, is the subject of this double book. The first half is a biography of Jelliffe by John Burnham. The second contains his correspondence with Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, edited by William McGuire. Jelliffe was considered by many, including Freud, as an originator of psychosomatic
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medicine through his view of the inseparability of psyche and soma. In this biography his function as editor and importer into this country of European ideas emerges as most important. The publisher and editor of the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease for over forty years, he was a prolific reader, writer, and abstractor. Four hundred and twenty abstracts were published over his name as well as a couple of hundred signed book reviews and untold others that were unsigned. This was in addition to approximately four hundred publications of his own, including clinical papers, theoretical articles, scientific books, textbooks and translations. Earlier, he published over fifty papers and books on botany and pharmacognosy. His writings covered the fields of neurology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, drug addiction, forensics, delinquency, psychosomatic medicine, and papers on clinical, theoretical, and applied psychoanalysis, both Freudian and Jungian.
In addition to all this, Jelliffe traveled widely among scientific circles in Europe, becoming knowledgeable about the work of virtually every early twentieth century neurologist, psychiatrist,
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