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Plaut, A. (1967). Critical Notice. J. Anal. Psychol., 12(1):73-76.

(1967). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 12(1):73-76

Critical Notice

A. Plaut

Heinrich Karl Fierz: Klinik und analytische Psychologie. Zurich/Stuttgart, Rascher, 1963, pp. 302. SFr. 29.50.

It is my belief that the survival of analytical psychology will in the long run depend on the development of several branches. If this view is accepted, it stands to reason that a practitioner who sits on branch A will be able to see branch B more clearly than the one he is sitting on, and that he will be more critical of branch B than of his own. Certainly neither A nor B will saw off the branch they are sitting on unless they are suicidally inclined, if I may paraphrase Jung.

Fierz's branch seems very close to the main stem of the Jung who remained a psychiatrist and also close to the Jung whose un-doctrinaire wisdom and wide knowledge made him a consultant, even a sage, for so many people. However close to this side of Jung, the present volume is Fierz's own application of certain principles and is primarily written from a clinical-psychiatric point of view. The background is that of a psychiatrist with all the resources of a modern institution at his elbow. Part I consists of 96 pages on methodology and theory, an excellent primer on analytical psychology; Part II of 120 pages under the heading of psychiatry; and some 75 pages called ‘general medicine’ form Part III. Each part consists of from four to seven papers read to various audiences over a period of 19 years, and most have been published. Nevertheless, this sub-division is not rigorous as the author's writing is informed throughout by Jung's influence.

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