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Serota, H.M. (1968). Discussion of Chertok's Paper. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 49:576-577.

(1968). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 49:576-577

Discussion of Chertok's Paper

Herman M. Serota

In an informal discussion of Chertok's significant historical paper, it seemed important to me to bring out some additional supplemental facts. They derive from some lectures I have given to residents in psychiatry who need an orientation regarding the tradition with which Freud broke in making the transition from hypnosis to psychoanalysis. I shall (freely) quote from a motion picture documentary which I called Centenaries of '84, Four Centuries of Psychotherapy before Freud (1966).

"Freud's activities as the translator of Charcot and of Bernheim from French to German provide us with the documentation which helps us to understand both the continuity and break with the prior century of clinical tradition more especially that of hypnosis and its precursor, Animal Magnetism.

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