The ``lectures'' were first given in 1946 by Dr. Bibring to the staff of Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and to the students of Harvard Medical School to teach psychiatry as it applies to medicine. The published lectures reflect the integrative editing compelled by writing for an invisible audience of varying degrees of sophistication. The effort is remarkably successful.
Presenting classical biological psychoanalytic theory of personality development in an elegantly lucid and knowledgeable manner, Dr. Bibring continues with chapters on adolescence, adult life, and aging. Her expositions of female psychology, pregnancy, and old age are particularly informative.
Throughout the book psychoanalytic theory is illustrated clinically and applications are made to the understanding and management of clinical medical problems such as the overly demanding patient, lonesome children, dietary problems, colostomy management, preoperative anxieties, and myocardial infarctions as diagnosed and managed