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Freud`s Free Clinics - Psychoanalysis and Social Justice, 1918-1938


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Acknowledgments "The Conscience of Society"-Introduction 1. 1918-1922: Society Awakes 2. 1923-1932: The Most Gratifying Years 3. 1933-1938: Termination Notes Bibliography Index

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After World War I, Sigmund Freud, Wilhelm Reich, Erik Erikson, Karen Horney, Erich Fromm, Helene Deutsch, and other psychoanalysts created a network of free outpatient clinics and pioneered important innovations in psychoanalytic treatment and method. In this book, Elizabeth Ann Danto narrates how these psychoanalysts implemented their social activism and their commitment to treating the poor and working classes. She explores the successes and challenges faced by the Berlin Poliklinik, the Vienna Ambulatorium, Alfred Adler's child guidance clinics, and Wilhelm Reich's Sex-Pol, which provided free community-based counseling and sex education and aimed to end public repression of sexuality.

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Elizabeth Ann Danto is associate professor and chair of the Foundations of Practice at Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York.


Danto (social welfare policy & human development, Hunter Coll. Sch. of Social Work) documents the extension of psychoanalysis into free community clinics, showing the progressive, egalitarian aspects of work by Freud and his younger colleagues little known from existing histories. Organized chronologically, the book begins with the post-World War I surge of interest in analysis, particularly its application to all populations and to prevention. It ends with the clinics taken over by the Nazis in Berlin and Vienna, purged of Jews and upholding Aryan mythology. Freud's principled support of the clinics, despite their connection with rivals like Alfred Adler, becomes clouded by the machinations of Ernest Jones and even compromised by his daughter, Anna. Informed by interviews and new archival information, Danto's stories can be gripping, but they often bog down in lists of names and events (e.g., lesser-known characters like August Aichhorn and Edith Jackson are done justice). While general readers will struggle to get through this study, historians and readers with a grasp of psychoanalysis will discover a gold mine. Essential for academic collections in psychology and modern European history.-E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"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, Spring 2006 "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 "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

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