By exploring dreams of the dying and of those who have undergone near-death experiences to see what messages they convey from the unconscious concerning the overwhelming fact of impending death, von Franz, a prominent Jungian analyst in Zurich, illuminates certain basic themes of Jung's analytical psychology. She also reveals the rich symbolism found in hitherto obscure works in Western alchemy and touches briefly on the convergence of depth psychology and modern physics. Tentative in tone and approach, von Franz's study is less a clinical tool than an exploration suggesting further avenues for research. It will be fully accessible only to those readers already well versed in Jungian psychology. A.J. Sherman, Assoc. Fellow, Davenport Coll., Yale Univ.