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(1935). Psycho-Analysis and Its Derivatives. By H. Crichton-Miller, M.A., M.D. (Edin. and Pavia), M.R.C.P. New York: Henry Holt & Co. London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd. Pp. 256, including Bibliography and Index. Psychoanal. Rev., 22(2):236.

(1935). Psychoanalytic Review, 22(2):236

Psycho-Analysis and Its Derivatives. By H. Crichton-Miller, M.A., M.D. (Edin. and Pavia), M.R.C.P. New York: Henry Holt & Co. London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd. Pp. 256, including Bibliography and Index

The plan of this book is a simple one, namely, the presentation of the doctrines of the several schools of psychotherapy that are now attracting so much attention, with the arguments against them and a discussion. Simple as the plan is, however, the author of this book is the only one in the reviewer's recollection that has followed it out in a way that makes such a contribution to psychoanalytic literature worth reading. Most of the criticisms of psychoanalysis are really almost, if not quite, silly. It is obvious on the face of them that the writers know nothing about the subject that they are criticising, and that their contribution is based one hundred per cent on prejudice. The present volume, however, has none of these qualities. It is an excellent statement of the positions of Freud, Jung, Adler and Prinzhorn. The arguments that are adduced against these various systems are reasonable, fairly stated and arresting, and both the presentations of the doctrines and of the arguments and their discussion are conducted in a spirit of open-mindedness and freedom from prejudice that is refreshing. The book presents its material in an able fashion and deserves to be read by all those who are interested in the subject matter presented. It certainly should be read by all of the critics.

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