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Ross, N. (1949). Psychoanalysis and the Social Sciences. An Annual: Volume I, 1947. Géza Róheim, Ph.D., Managing Editor. New York: International Universities Press. 427 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 18:518-522.

(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:518-522

Psychoanalysis and the Social Sciences. An Annual: Volume I, 1947. Géza Róheim, Ph.D., Managing Editor. New York: International Universities Press. 427 pp.

Review by:
Nathaniel Ross

In recent years the trend toward anthologies has invaded the field of psychoanalysis, so that one is confronted by an increasing number of 'yearbooks' and 'annuals' devoted to more or less specific subjects. These consist for the most part, as in this instance, of papers which have already appeared in diverse publications. I must confess to no great enthusiasm for this kind of compilation, for, except in rare instances, the general effect of reading in succession such a series of independently conceived papers is a little confusing. This is no reflection on the merit of the individual contributions, but it would seem to me far more satisfying if such annuals were to be made up of a series of critical reviews, with pivotal points of controversy clearly presented in an introduction and amplified by individual authorities. Such books, involving, to be sure, a considerable expenditure of effort, would not only serve far better the purpose of unifying scientific endeavor, but might well aid in crystallizing focal points for research. Dr. Róheim has undoubtedly felt the need of a unifying influence in his annual, for he has promised to write an introduction to each of the social sciences to be discussed. But he can do this for only one of them at a time (in this volume for Anthropology), and it is obvious that this cannot tie the entire volume together.

It is Dr. Róheim's intention to publish 'exclusively psychoanalytic publications—in the sense that Freud would have called psychoanalytic', except for factual contributions by anthropologists of particular interest to the psychoanalyst, even if the anthropologist's point of view is not completely psychoanalytic.

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