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Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis

ISBN 9781138872387
Published June 8, 2015 by Routledge
410 Pages

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Book Description

The recent upsurge of fresh historical research concerning the early years of psychoanalysis has left many professional readers struggling to keep abreast of the latest findings and more than a little perplexed as to what it all adds up to.  Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis addresses this state of affairs by providing in a single volume original essays by fourteen leading historians of psychoanalysis and philosophers of science; it is the most impressive collection of contemporary Freud scholarship yet to appear in print.

The contributions span virtually the entirety of Freud's career, from his coming of professional age in Charcot's Paris to his clandestine rendesvous in the Harz Mountains with members of "The Committee" more than 30 years later.  The collection also encompasses a host of conceptual issues, ranging from Freud's theory of dream formation to the impact of his conflicting masculine and feminine identifications on his attitude toward treatment.

Beyond providing an invaluable overview of Freud's life and times, the volume will challenge readers to deeper reflection on a host of critical episodes and issues that have shaped the special character of the psychoanalytic endeavor.  Indispensable as a reference work, Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis constitutes a rewarding and accesible introduction to rigorous historical research.  It will be prozed by all who care deeply about the past and future of psychoanalytic theory.

Table of Contents

Preface - Toby Gelfand
Freud's Parental Identifications as a Source of Some Contradictions Within Psychoanalysis - Robert R. Holt
Sigmund-sur-Seine: Fathers and Brothers in Charcot's Paris - Toby Gelfand
The Two Medical Worlds of Sigmund Freud - Edward Shorter
Freud and the Force of History - William J. McGrath
The Sources of Freud's Methods for Gathering and Evaluating Clinical Data - Malcolm Macmillan
Reassessing Freud's Case Histories: The Social Construction of Psychoanalysis - Frank J. Sulloway
Two Major Difficulties for Freud's Theory of Dreams - Adolf Grunbaum
Pre-Freudian Discover of Dream Meaning: The Achievements of Charcot, Janet, and Krafft-Ebing - Rosemarie Sand
Freud and the Mind-Body Problem - Edwin R. Wallace, IV
Freud's "Dora" Case in Perspectives: The Medical Treatment of Hysteria in Austria at the Turn of the Century - Hannah S. Decker
Freud's Patients: First-Person Accounts - Paul Roazen
Freud as Family Therapist: Reflections - Patrick Mahony
A Case History Before Freud: Intimations of the Unconscious in Wadsworth - Steven Marcus
The Idyll in the Harz Mountains: Freud's Secret Committee - Phyllis Grosskurth
Epilogue: History and the Clinician - John Kerr

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Toby Gelfand, Ph.D., is Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He is the author of Professionalizing Modern Medicine: Paris Surgeons and Medical Science in the Eighteenth Century.  He recent research dealing with Charcot and the School of the Salpetriere will culminate in a forthcoming biography of Charcot, coauthored with Christopher Goetz and Michel Bonduelle.

John Kerr completed his training in clinical psychology at the Doctoral Program of New York University and was Associate Editor at The Analytic Press.  He is the author of A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Spielrein, and Freud, a study of the early history of the psychoanalytic movement.


"The high level of scholarship in the presentations makes the volume a significant contribution to the Freud studies literature. At the same time, the clarity of exposition and the avoidance of insider jargon make the volume an excellent introduction to the genre."

- Barry Silverstein, Ph.D., Contemporary Psychology