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Mahon, E.J. (1996). The Case Of Sigmund Freud. Medicine And Identity At The Fin De Siècle. By Sander L. Gilman. Baltimore/London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. 298 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 65:814-817.

(1996). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 65:814-817

The Case Of Sigmund Freud. Medicine And Identity At The Fin De Siècle. By Sander L. Gilman. Baltimore/London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993. 298 pp.

Review by:
Eugene J. Mahon

In this fascinating book, scholarship and interpretive skill are equally wedded to produce a rarity: an intellectual tour de force that is a page turner! Pedantry is avoided since the book is harnessed from start to finish to a compelling investigative argument: to be a Jewish physician in fin de siècle Germany must have placed Jewish scientists in general, but Freud in particular, in a conflict that was not only sociopolitical and psychological in its dimensions, but medical as well.

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