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On Character and Libido Development: Six Essays by Karl Abraham.

William C. Lewis, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(2):218-219. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730140106021.
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This is a well-chosen collection of some of Karl Abraham's best known contributions to psychiatric and psychoanalytic literature, and makes them available to all students at a price they can afford. The publisher and Dr. Lewin, who contributed a clear and concise introduction, deserve the compliments and gratitude of those to whom the more complete, previously published collections are not easily accessible. The translation is the same as that of the Basic Books edition.

There are many eulogies of Abraham's writing. These essays demonstrate his lucidity, simplicity, penetrating insight, and creative ideas. He cut through many bewildering complexities of the symptoms of his patients (many of them sicker than, as a rule, those treated nowadays by psychoanalysts), bringing order into the understanding of the chaos of their feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and generalizing this order to theories of normal and abnormal child development. In this endeavor his own


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