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Francis, J.J. (1972). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Volume XXV: New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1970. 543 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 41:275-279.

(1972). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 41:275-279

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, Volume XXV: New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1970. 543 pp.

Review by:
John J. Francis

This volume was originally planned as a tribute to Heinz Hartmann's twenty-five years of editorship of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, which he, Anna Freud, and Ernst Kris founded in 1945. Hartmann's death on May 17, 1970, at the age of seventy-five, made this, of sad necessity, a posthumous memorial. His contributions to the field of psychoanalysis are monumental, and many of his significant papers were published originally in the pages of these volumes. Ruth S. Eissler and Rudolph M. Loewenstein, in dedicating this volume to Hartmann, touch upon the particular aspects of his genius: his capacity to integrate both clinical observations and experience with psychoanalytic theory; his scientific curiosity and open-mindedness; his approach to the study of man from a variety of angles—data gathered not only from analytic study but also from direct observation of infants and children.

The current volume achieves the high standards of quality established in 1945 by Hartmann and his colleagues. It is a worthy tribute to the man in whose memory it is dedicated. This volume follows the established format and consists of twenty-one original papers divided into five sections under the following headings: The Symptomatology of Childhood, Contributions to Psychoanalytic Theory, Clinical Contributions, Aspects of Normal and Pathological Development, and Applications of Psychoanalysis. In the following brief discussions of the articles, the reviewer can give only a suggestion of the richness of material contained therein.

Appropriately, the first section consists of a paper by Anna Freud.

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