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Grinstein, A. (1994). Hermine Hug-Hellmuth: Her Life and Work: By George MacLean and Ulrich Rappen. New York: Routledge, 1991, xii + 305 pp., $39.95.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 42:901-904.

(1994). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 42:901-904

Hermine Hug-Hellmuth: Her Life and Work: By George MacLean and Ulrich Rappen. New York: Routledge, 1991, xii + 305 pp., $39.95.

Review by:
Alexander Grinstein, M.D.

Most psychoanalysts of the present-day generation know very little about Hermine Hug-Hellmuth or her work. At the outset of their book, MacLean and Rappen indicate that scant personal information exists about her. They also note that in her will, written a few days before her death, she expressed her wish that "no account of her life or her work should appear" (p. xi). Despite this testament, and because of their belief in the value of Hug-Hellmuth's contributions in early child psychoanalysis, the authors seek to restore her to a credible position in the roster of psychoanalytic pioneers. In this book, therefore, MacLean and Rappen have provided the results of their meticulous research into her life, and the painstaking presentation of a selection of her papers, many of which have been translated into English for the first time.

Hermine Hug-Hellmuth was an alias used by Hermine Hug von Hugenstein, who was descended from an aristocratic family. Her father, Knight Hugo Hug von Hugenstein, was the father of an illegitimate daughter, Antonia Farmer, who was born on January 17, 1864.

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