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G., R. (1941). Psychiatric Dictionary with Encylopedic Treatment of Modern Terms: By Leland E. Hinsie, M.D., and Jacob Shatzky, Ph.D. New York: Oxford University Press, 1940. 559 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 10:674-675.
(1941). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 10:674-675
Psychiatric Dictionary with Encylopedic Treatment of Modern Terms: By Leland E. Hinsie, M.D., and Jacob Shatzky, Ph.D. New York: Oxford University Press, 1940. 559 pp.
Review by: R. G.
According to the editors of this dictionary, psychoanalysis includes by definition: '(1) psycho-analysis (Freud), (2) analytical psychology (Jung), (3) psychobiology (Meyer), and (4) individual psychology (Adler)'. Whatever may have been the motive, this deliberate falsification has nothing to do with lexicography. The editors need only have consulted Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition Unabridged, 1939, to find a definition of psychoanalysis that says everything, is in accordance with the honest facts and has no axe to grind.
On the pages following the preface, a list of collaborators is printed. The Collaborator for Phyloanalysis is Trigant Burrow. Burrow's 'Lifwynn Foundation' and 'phyloanalysis' bear the same relationship to psychoanalysis that Dale Carnegie does to neurology. Going down the list, Jacob L. Moreno is found among a total of nine Collaborators to be the authority representing 'psychodrama' (q.v.).
This is a comprehensive dictionary with 7500 title entries. The definitions, however much one may disagree with their accuracy, are usually clearly stated. They are liberally illustrated by quotations with source references, many of which are unauthoritatively second hand (cf. autism which quotes Bridges and makes no mention of Bleuler). Dr. Hinsie is responsible only for the definition of terms used in 'descriptive psychiatry, psychoanalysis, analytical psychology, psychobiology, mental deficiency, sexology, nursing and social work' (p. V). The framework of the Dictionary is made up of psychiatric terms, but considerable attention has been devoted to terms in allied fields—clinical neurology, genetics and eugenics, social service for example.
The extent to which psychoanalysis has created and influenced current psychiatric terminology is very impressively revealed on almost every page. Accurate definition of psychoanalytic terms is frequently assured by extensive quotations from Freud or other psychoanalytic authors. Terms introduced as recently as 1939 (egology) are included; others much older (vector analysis) are ignored.
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