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Kiessling, A.H. (1935). Psychoanalysis and Medicine. A Study of the Wish to Fall 111. By Karin Stephen, M.A., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. New York: The Mac-millan Co. Cambridge, England: At the University Press, 1933. Pp. 238. Price not stated.. Psychoanal. Rev., 22(3):353-356.

(1935). Psychoanalytic Review, 22(3):353-356

Psychoanalysis and Medicine. A Study of the Wish to Fall 111. By Karin Stephen, M.A., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. New York: The Mac-millan Co. Cambridge, England: At the University Press, 1933. Pp. 238. Price not stated.

Review by:
Alice Heyl Kiessling

In this book, based upon a series of eight lectures delivered mainly to medical students at Cambridge, Dr. Stephen has given a clear exposition of the theoretical concepts of psychoanalysis and has illustrated them with clinical examples. An appraisal of the volume should take into account different groups of potential readers and their varying abilities to appreciate the material presented. The majority of readers will probably be psychoanalysts or general psychiatrists, but there will also be many general practitioners, medical students, scientists in other fields, and no doubt a number of laymen.

To the experienced psychoanalyst, this work should represent one of the best short treatises on Freudian psychology. In a brief two hundred pages Dr. Stephen has managed to convey clearly and forcefully the most fundamental principles of the science. She has a gift for condensation, and many of her phrases are so concise and well-turned that the practicing analyst might do well to cubbyhole them for his own use. The psychoanalyst, however, will want to give critical attention to several passages.

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