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Francis, J.J. (1974). The Scope of Child Analysis: By Victor Smirnoff. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1971. 233 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 43:133-135.

(1974). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 43:133-135

The Scope of Child Analysis: By Victor Smirnoff. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1971. 233 pp.

Review by:
John J. Francis

Although the author states that his book was not written for psychoanalysts, but for all those interested in the 'human sciences', his comprehensive approach and delineation of the theories and practices of child analysis will be particularly helpful to students of psychoanalysis. It will also serve as a useful basic textbook for psychoanalytic candidates.

Originally published in French in 1966, the book has been completely revised and brought up to date by the author for this English translation by Stephen Corrin. M. Masud R. Khan observes in the foreword that 'too often analysts writing in one language disregard the researches in other countries'. This translation provides the English reader with a hitherto unavailable bridge to this European study.

The book is organized into eight sections: Definition; The Scope of Child Analysis; Basic Concepts; Infantile Sexuality; Object Relations; Analytic Practice; Indications for Child Analysis; and The Parents. The first two chapters offer basic definitions of psychoanalysis as a therapeutic discipline and general psychology and attempt to demonstrate the scope of child analysis.

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