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Sapirstein, M.R. (1950). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child: Volume III—IV. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1949. 493 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 19:592-595.

(1950). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 19:592-595

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child: Volume III—IV. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1949. 493 pp.

Review by:
Milton R. Sapirstein

This rather large volume of analytic studies of the child, composed of twenty-five articles in six separate sections, contains more material than can possibly be reviewed in a short discussion. In brief, it is an eminently successful volume—well edited, good selection of articles, and interestingly diversified material. There are representative articles by outstanding representatives in the field. The volume is as good as any diversified collection of papers can be and its value is enhanced by the fact than many of the articles are not published elsewhere.

An important feature of this annual series of volumes is the usual lead-off article by Heinz Hartmann, Ernst Kris and Rudolph M. Loewenstein. These highly theoretical articles seem to represent the only consistent and sustained effort at revision of psychoanalytic theory to come from the 'orthodox' school of psychoanalysis. They carry considerable authority, coming as they do from such highly reputable teachers of psychoanalysis. This year's contribution is entitled Notes on The Theory of Aggression. It is followed by another brief article by Anna Freud on Aggression in Relation to Emotional Development: Normal and Pathological.

Hartmann, Kris and Loewenstein are systematically re-evaluating the present status of psychoanalytic theory and attempting to bring it into line with the rapid accumulation of additional theoretical and clinical data. They make no radical departures from classical theory and vigorously, almost defensively, deny any desire to simplify it.

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