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Rawn, M.L. (1971-72). Psychoanalysis as an Art and a Science. OttO Rank, Hanns Sachs, A. Bron-son Feldman, Benjamin B. Wolman, Harry Slochower, and Ludwig Eidelberg. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1968. 179.. Psychoanal. Rev., 58(4):644.
(1971-72). Psychoanalytic Review, 58(4):644
Psychoanalysis as an Art and a Science. OttO Rank, Hanns Sachs, A. Bron-son Feldman, Benjamin B. Wolman, Harry Slochower, and Ludwig Eidelberg. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1968. 179.
Review by: Moss L. Rawn
This book is a reprint of the first double issue of American Imago (1964). Part I consists of a reissue of an early cooperative study by Rank and Sachs entitled “The Significance of Psychoanalysis for the Humanities.” Since this work, first published in 1913, has long been out of print, an important document for historians interested in applied psychoanalysis has been made available. The Rank-Sachs monograph is refreshing in its simplicity and clarity of exposition. It brings die reader back to a quieter age and has a certain nostalgic appeal. Inevitably, of course, it appears naive in the light of all the significant advance made in psychoanalytic applications.
Turning from the refreshing but dated first part, to the second, we find a description of recent trends in the form of individual articles by Feldman (“Betwixt Art, Revolution and Religion”), Wolman (“Psychoanalysis as an Applied Science”), Slochower (“Applied Psychoanalysis as a Science and as an Art”), and Eidelberg (“Psychoanalysis: Science, Art, or Bureaucracy?”). This section is intended as continuation of the early essay by Rank and Sachs. Altogether, whatever the merits of the individual contributors, the grouping together seems arbitrary. The papers appear unrelated both to one another and to the Rank-Sachs work as a whole. As to the individual articles themselves, there is a rather uneven assortment of ideas in each: some provocative, some mundane, some worthy of further thought, and some easily forgettable. Eidelberg's article is especially stimulating in spirit and in context.
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