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Author Stepansky, Paul E.

Title Freud, surgery, and the surgeons / Paul E. Stepansky.

Published Hillsdale, N.J. ; London : Analytic Press, 1999.


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 UniM BioMed H  616.8917 STEP    AVAILABLE
Physical description xix,260 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In this excursion into medical and psychoanalytic history, Paul E. Stepansky charts the rise and fall of the "surgical metaphor" - Freud's view of psychoanalysis as analogous to a surgical procedure, with the psychoanalyst cast in the role of a surgical operator. Approaching Freud's understanding of surgery and surgeons historically and biographically, Stepansky draws the reader into the world of late nineteenth-century "heroic surgery," a world into which Sigmund Freud himself was drawn through his fascinating relationships with Theodor Billroth, Carl Koller, Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow, Josef Breuer, and Wilhelm Fliess.
A work of historical scholarship, Freud, Surgery, and the Surgeons is no less important for the fundamental questions it poses about the temperament of caregivers and the techniques of caregiving. Clinicians, historians, and lay readers alike will find much to admire in this finely crafted narrative, which brings historical insight to bear on a singularly timely issue: the differences and commonalities among healers with different professional backgrounds and specialties.
Subject Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939.
Psychoanalysis -- Philosophy.
Psychoanalysis -- History.
ISBN 0881632899 No price