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(1971). Book Notices. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 19:578-584.
(1971). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 19:578-584
THE WORLD BIENNIAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY. VOLUME I, 1971. Edited by Sylvano Arieti. New York & London: Basic Books, 1970, x + 622 pp., $20.00.
This biennial is divided into four parts: Part I includes Psychiatric Theory, General Issues, and Reviews. Here one finds papers on cognition, current theoretical problems in psychoanalysis, metapsychology, duration of psychotherapy, etc. Well-known authors in this group are Arieti, Arlow, and Seguin. There is one article on clinical psychiatry in the Soviet Union by A. V. Snezhnevsky. Part Two, on Clinical Contributions comprises anorexia-nervosa, depression, the beatnik-hippie personality, borderline states, ereuthophobia, psychotherapy and the family, a psychoanalytic investigation in a case of cardiac transplantation, and a study of concentration camp inmates. The representation of authors is decidedly eclectic. Part III, Psychiatric Studies of Childhood and Youth contains three papers, by Winnicott, Bettelheim, and Unwin. The last named writes on drugs and youth. Part IV, devoted to Biological Studies, covers psychopharmocological studies, the genetics of schizophrenia, the biology of the same diagnostic category, psychophysiological approaches to psychopathology, and the evolution of CNS pathogenic concepts.
A PSYCHOANALYTIC STUDY OF THE MYTH OF DIONYSUS AND APOLLO: TWO VARIANTS OF THE SON-MOTHER RELATIONSHIP. By Helene Deutsch. New York: International Universities Press, 1969, 101 pp., $7.00.
Contrasting the mythical figures of Dionysus and Apollo, Dr. Deutsch conceives of the former as representing the struggle of the son to achieve dominance of his masculine over his feminine impulses and his striving toward immortality. Bacchus represents the feminine impulses against which Dionysus battles, and the drive toward immortality includes the restoration of the dead mother to life so as to establish a symbiotic reunion with her. By contrast, Apollo, the god who kills the mother, is a homosexual who is hostile to women because they are rivals for the love of his father, Zeus. In the course of her study of Apollo, Dr. Deutsch discovers that in Greek mythology there is more womb envy in men than penis envy in women.
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