A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOANALYSIS
Jane Milton, Caroline Polmear and Julia Fabricius,
ISBN 0761971874, £16.99
Star Rating: 4/5
In spite of being a “short introduction”, this book is packed
with solid but digestible information which amply describes the
essence and value of psychoanalysis, writes Lisa Bernard.
The authors have ensured that the reader will understand the
pathology and main theories of the subject by conveying sometimes
complex material in a clear and comprehensible manner.
Particularly interesting is the chapter on psychoanalysis in
differing cultures. There is also a clear explanation of how
psychoanalysis is used outside the consulting room.
Case study extracts, while proving informative at times, do not
always seem appropriately used, particularly when illustrating work
with young children. Otherwise, this well-written and
understandable book will be useful to a cross-section of
professionals as well as the general public.
Lisa Bernard is a hospital social worker in