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Jelliffe, S.E. (1935). The Psychopathology of the Oculogyric Crises and its Funeral by Dr. Lawrence S. Kubie. Psychoanal Q., 4:360-366.

(1935). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 4:360-366

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Review by:
Smith Ely Jelliffe

Polemics are not much in my line. Being a firm believer in Bacon's oft-quoted line—"Truth is the daughter of Time and not of Authority"—I have been content for the most part to cast my thought children (original and/or adopted) out into the world and let them shift for themselves (vide Priority and Progress—J. Philos. XIV, 393, 1917). Some of them, however, have been close to my affections and since a recent one has been met with much depreciation and no praise, I would here defend it.

The more precise wording of Dr. Kubie's deprecatory summary is "much to deplore and little to commend". Since the review in question seems to deal exclusively with the deploring and does not even mention the "little to commend", I advance to the support of that "little", thus neglecting, for the moment, the show of that equanimity of spirit which should derive from the Baconian phrase first quoted.

Perhaps the most rigorous manner to dissect a review is to dissect it, hence its more or less complete reprinting and my comments.

"An honest review of this monograph", writes Dr. Kubie, "must be unsparing, even if it leads to sharp criticism of one who has always battled wittily and often effectively to win respect for dynamic psychology.

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