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Veszy-Wagner, L. (1967). Die Krankheitslehre Der Psychoanalyse (Psycho-Analytic Psychopathology): Edited by Wolfgang Loch et al. (Stuttgart: S. Hirzel, 1967. Pp. 290. DM.26.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 48:607-608.

(1967). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 48:607-608

Die Krankheitslehre Der Psychoanalyse (Psycho-Analytic Psychopathology): Edited by Wolfgang Loch et al. (Stuttgart: S. Hirzel, 1967. Pp. 290. DM.26.)

Review by:
L. Veszy-Wagner

It was two years ago that Loch published his work on the "Hypotheses, Mechanisms and Limitations of the Psycho-Analytical Process". This new work not only avoids all the pitfalls of the previous one but presents us with a concise and comprehensive textbook, keeping abreast with the newer results of the relevant literature. Although on a more modest basis than Fenichel (presenting only about a third of the quantity in Fenichel's 1945 English edition of the Psychoanalytic Theory of Neurosis) it successfully undertakes the same tremendous task as Fenichel's first German edition has done, that is: to mould what constitutes the corpus of Freud's teaching into a well-balanced, systematized form, without violating the original, chronological, almost organic alterations which it had to undergo in its gradual development during Freud's long and ever active life. At the same time it gives account also of those positive additions with which Freud's followers have enriched his original teachings. It could be regarded as a moot point whether the inclusion of some of the views of the "neo-Freudian" school was justified as well. However, in view of the commendable impartiality and the unbiased critical spirit of this compendium, this should perhaps be answered in the affirmative. Fenichel's was the great accomplishment; all those who had emulated him since, the pressures of theoretical advancements making this necessary, had only to enlarge and bring new points of view into focus, re-arranging rather than altering or correcting the magnum opus.

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