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Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront A Legend; Freud 2000

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:949
  1. David Healy, director
  1. North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, Bangor

    Unauthorized Freud: Doubters Confront A Legend

    Ed Frederick Crews

    Viking Press, £20, pp 301

    ISBN 0 670 87221 0

    Freud 2000

    Ed Anthony Elliott

    Polity Press, £13.95, pp 308

    ISBN 0 7456 1909 6

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    It started in the 1970s. At first, the outcome seemed unpredictable. The latest high tech weapons pitched against a wily adversary with mysterious weapons of unknown lethality. But in the end the result was clear. Repeated attacks by Roazen, Ellenberger, Swales, Sulloway, Cioffi, Masson, and others put the issue beyond doubt. Before the end it was almost like a turkey shoot. Fatefully, perhaps, the victors did not press home their advantage to the full. They withdrew, leaving the defeated analysts …

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