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(1976). Book Notices. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 24:235-244.

(1976). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 24:235-244

Book Notices

THE PSYCHOANALYTIC STUDY OF THE CHILD. VOLUME 29. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974, vii + 544 pp., $15.00.

The 1974 volume of the pioneer among psychoanalytic annuals seems to mark a transition from the generation of its founders to a new leadership. It begins with memorial tributes to two deceased members of the Editorial Board and an extensive review, by half a dozen colleagues, of the distinguished psychoanalytic contributions of the late Berta Bornstein. Since the book went to press, the Board has suffered further loss. Moreover, this 29th volume contains a number of posthumous contributions: R. Bak's masterly discussion of the alternative definitions of fetishism, L. Kubie's summary of his views on symbolization and the preconscious, and a 1945 address by O. Isakower on the creative activities of the great 19th century biologist J. Müller.

Although the traditional subdivision of the volume into Theoretical, Developmental, Clinical, and Applied sections has been maintained, there has been a decided shift in emphasis in both the source and the nature of many of the contributions. There are a number of retrospective overviews of their past work by such senior colleagues as P. Blos (who writes of the ego ideal in adolescence) and M. Mahler (who summarizes the developmental conclusions of her direct observations of children), in addition to those of Bak and Kubie. The clinical papers tend toward simple case presentations, with a minimum of theoretical elaboration. Of these, three reports from the Hampstead Clinic seem to be most cogent.

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