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Freud's Free Clinics: Psychoanalysis & Social Justice, 1918-1938

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ISBN-10: 023113181X
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Historians and readers with a grasp of psychoanalysis will discover a gold mine. Essential for academic collections in psychology and modern European history.

(Library Journal)

[Danto's] meticulous research and awesome grasp of the movement's early days... give a surprisingly nimble account.

(Nathan Deuel Village Voice)

Danto's portrait of psychoanalysis between the two world wars does us a great service... We have much to learn from these pioneers, and Elizabeth Ann Danto deserves our thanks for bringing their efforts to our attention.

(Paul M. Brinich PsycCRITIQUES)

Danto's meticulously researched year-by-year account of the spread of these psychoanalytic clinics focuses on Freud's pioneering, idealistic, socially committed side.

(Christopher Turner London Review of Books)

A crucial corrective to the view of psychoanalysis as politically inert and socially disengaged.

(Choice)

Danto's book is inspiring in highlighting how a generation of analysts sought to grasp the sources of human misery.

(Ritchie Robertson Times Literary Supplement)

A must read for anyone interested in psychoanalysis and progressive social responsibility.

(Psychologist-Psychoanalyst)

Danto's work will take its place as a classic work in the history of psychoanalytic thought.

(William Borden Psychoanalytic Social Work)

A dramatic story elegantly told by Danto who has written a compelling, engaging and fascinating account of a largely under-researched aspect of the history of psychoanalysis. With great flair she captures the spirit and ethos of a time when psychoanalysts were committed to a sense of civic responsibility.

(Social History of Medicine)

A book that could stimulate inquiry about the way psychoanalysis addresses the social world, and its own place within it, to the benefit of the field.

(International Journal of Psychoanalysis)

A worthwhile and gripping story.

(Leslie Leighninger Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare)

A welcome addition to the literature.

(Eric J. Engstrom H-Net)

A book that deserves to be more widely read.

(Richard Ruth The Maryland Psychologist)

Interesting and challenging reading for the question of the social impact of psychoanalysis.

(W. W. Meissner, S.J., M.D. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic)

Freud's Free Clinics makes a worthwhile contribution to the historiography of psychoanalysis.

(Greg Eghigian H-Ideas)

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'I am a liberal of the old school,' wrote Sigmund Freud in a late letter to the German novelist, Arnold Zweig. A rare comment that underscores the significance of Freud's political leanings. Elizabeth Danto's invaluable, carefully researched and highly readable book on the free psychoanalytic clinics in Vienna, Berlin and elsewhere, impressively illuminates the master's influence on the understudied field of social psychoanalysis, its tough-minded and too little discussed liberalism.

(Peter Gay, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University, author of Freud: A Life for Our Time)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (May 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023113181X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231131810
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,874,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Freud's Free Clinics: Psychoanalysis and Social Justice, 1918-1938, Professor Elizabeth Danto looks at a familiar subject and, by dint of serious scholarship and critical intelligence, manages to tell us fresh and important things about it. Much of the cultural and social impact of psychoanalysis developed in the political-economic climate of Austria and Germany during the two tormented decades between the world wars. Danto demonstrates a sensitive understanding of that scene and its powerful influence on what became the ideology and practice of psychoanalysis. This well-written book is essential reading for

students of the history of psychoanalysis and psychiatry -- indeed for anyone interested in twentienth-century cultural history. I recommend it highly.

Thomas Szasz

Manlius, NY 13104
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Elizabeth Danto's book highlights a less well known chapter in the history of psychoanalytic practice in the interwar period. Danto addresses the relationship of psychoanalysis to the social context in which it emerged at a very conflicted political period from the Weimar era to the rise of the Third Reich. Fascinating read of equal interest to historians of the period, psychologists, social workers and psychoanalysts.
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Excelent book on history of Psychoanalysis that shows the importance of this science for the social progress, human care and social humanazation of the practices on health..
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