Behavior: Freud's Case Load

Sigmund Freud's theory of the psyche developed substantially from his own practice—which, in turn-of-the-century Vienna, obviously had its limitations. How, if at all, did those limitations affect the theory, which continues to nourish all of psychiatry today? This question has been explored by Benjamin Brody, 50, a New York psychologist. Brody's provocative suggestions, published in Psychotherapy magazine: some of psychoanalysis' most widely accepted canons can perhaps be traced to the unrepresentative nature of the Freudian case load. Since Freud went to great lengths to protect his patients' identities, Brody was able to piece together only 145 case histories, most of them...

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