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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel M. Haycraft, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an excellent comparative study of the works of Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein.
Purpose: The expressed purpose is to focus on the relationship between the work of Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein, showing how Freud's work developed and Klein's work expanded on the work of Freud. These are very worthy objectives, especially for students or practitioners of psychotherapy. The author meets these objectives well.
Audience: This work will be of greatest value to students of psychology or psychoanalysis, or others interested in understanding the development of psychological theory. The author is a training and supervising psychoanalyst, with excellent credentials to support this work.
Features: The author provides a well written, detailed explanation of the development of Freud's models of the mind. He then proceeds with a similar exploration of the work of Melanie Klein, thought by many to be the greatest proponent of Freud's work. He shows Klein's work as a further development and clarification of Freud's, with support for his most fundamental ideas and disproval of those which he ultimately questioned.
Assessment: This excellent book is a well written, clear development of the process by which Freud's models evolved. The author makes an excellent comparison and contrast with the thinking of Melanie Klein, showing her work ultimately as a development and refinement of Freud's. This is an excellent text, bridging the gap between two seemingly divided philosophies.