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F., J.C. (1922). Addresses on Psycho-Analysis: By Professor J. J. Putnam. (The International Psycho-Analytical Press, London, 1921. Pp. ix+470. Price 12s. 6d.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 3:68-73.

(1922). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 3:68-73

Addresses on Psycho-Analysis: By Professor J. J. Putnam. (The International Psycho-Analytical Press, London, 1921. Pp. ix+470. Price 12s. 6d.)

Review by:
J. C. F.

The International Psycho-Analytical Press is to be congratulated on having been able to issue as its first volume this interesting collection of the late Professor Putnam's contributions to Psycho-Analysis. In view of Professor Putnam's eminent position as a neurologist, his championship of Psycho-Analysis has rightly come to be looked upon as a factor of great importance in the history of Psycho-Analysis in English-speaking countries, and there can be no doubt that with his death in 1918 the movement lost a loyal friend, a staunch supporter and an investigator distinguished by unusual breadth of view, openness of mind, courage and ability. His writings on Psycho-Analysis were, however, scattered through a considerable number of European and American periodicals, some being written in English, others in German, so that the present volume will be of great service to the English-speaking student at the same time as it provides a welcome memorial to a remarkable and noble personality.

The book consists of twenty-two essays: some of these are chiefly devoted to the exposition of psycho-analytical doctrine; others present original clinical material; while still others suggest certain extensions of the generally accepted psycho-analytical point of view. On all subjects Professor Putnam writes with a charm and lucidity that is too often lacking in psycho-analytical literature, and even in matters in which the reader may be inclined to disagree with the author there is much to be gained from a close study of his views, which are always tolerant, broad-minded and suggestive, and which are put forward in a manner that gives evidence of a most unusual combination of intense earnestness and engaging modesty.

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