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Bookhammer, R.S. (1962). The Birth of an Institute: Edited by Ives Hendrick, M.D. Freeport, Maine: The Bond Wheelwright Company, 1961. 164 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 31:560-562.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:560-562

The Birth of an Institute: Edited by Ives Hendrick, M.D. Freeport, Maine: The Bond Wheelwright Company, 1961. 164 pp.

Review by:
Robert S. Bookhammer

The psychoanalyst is the historian of the individual and it is in the light of the patient's past that his present problems can be understood. On a larger scale an understanding of the development and growth of psychoanalytic thought is essential to give a perspective with which to view the present psychoanalytic scene. Without a knowledge of historical background the evaluation of new ideas is difficult. This is particularly so if the new idea is the resurrection of an old idea. These considerations are valid for institutions as well. Consequently the appearance of a book which records the history of an institution for psychoanalytic education will be welcomed by every psychoanalyst interested in the educational aspects of his professional commitment.

On November 30, 1958 the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute held a meeting to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of its institution for psychoanalytic training. This book is a record of that meeting and contains four papers presented at that time with appendices which include the remarks of the chairman of the meeting, Dr. J. J. Michaels, and lists of the guests of honor and the officers of the organization from 1914 to 1958.

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