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(1967). Freud, Sigmund and Bullitt, William C.: Thomas Woodrow Wilson. A Psychological Study. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1963, XXII + 307 pp.. Am. Imago, 24(3):283-283.

(1967). American Imago, 24(3):283-283

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Freud, Sigmund and Bullitt, William C.: Thomas Woodrow Wilson. A Psychological Study. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1963, XXII + 307 pp.

This book merits attention mainly in that it raises the problem of methodology in pathobiography and of evaluating Wilson's creative achievements and public acclaim in connection with his pathology. Except for the Introduction, it is highly questionable whether Freud had anything to do with the material and formulations in this book after 1932. Bullitt himself does not claim that Freud wrote any part of the final version. Freud's statement that he was “equally responsible” with Bullitt for the analytic part needs to be viewed in the light of Freud's personal burdens at the time: He had been assisted by Bullitt in his flight from Hitlerism, and Freud was at that time fatally ill.

Although Freud states that Wilson was an “unsympathetic” figure to him, the nearly unqualified denigration of Wilson throughout the book is startingly unlike the Freudian manner.

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