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31 August 1989
The Clinical Diary of Sandor Ferenczi 
edited by Judith Dupont, translated by Michael Balint and Nicola Zarday Jackson.
Harvard, 227 pp., £23.95, February 1989, 0 674 13526 1
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... Ferenczi eventually died on 22 May 1933. In 1969, in the draft of an introduction to the journal that has only now been printed, Ferenczi’s pupil and friend, the Hungarian psychoanalyst MichaelBalint, said, with some indignation, that Jones’s volume contained ‘a violent attack on Ferenczi. As Jones had access to the whole Freud-Ferenczi correspondence, I could not understand how he was ...

Why are you here?

Sherry Turkle

5 January 1989
The Seminar of Jacques Lacan. Book I: Freud’s Papers on Technique 1953-1954 
edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, translated by John Forrester.
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Book II: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis 1954-1955 
edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, translated by Sylvana Tomaselli.
Cambridge, 314 pp., £35, May 1988, 0 521 26679 3
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... primarily English-speaking psychoanalysts. Thus in these seminars we can hear the still relatively unfamiliar Lacan describe himself in contrast to the far more familiar Anna Freud, Melanie Klein and MichaelBalint. In the contrasts, Lacan emerges far more clearly than in much of his other writing. And we get a new perspective on what we thought was familiar. The Seminar: Book I begins by invoking the ...

Three Spoonfuls of Hemlock

Gavin Francis: Medieval Medicine

19 November 2015
Dragon’s Blood and Willow Bark: The Mysteries of Medieval Medicine 
by Toni Mount.
Amberley, 288 pp., £20, April 2015, 978 1 4456 4383 0
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... the extent to which homeopathic medicines work, on the other hand, has often been understood in terms of the placebo effect). In the 1950s, when botany was still taught in the medical curriculum, MichaelBalint wrote that contact with therapists can itself be thought of as a kind of drug, distinct from any treatments therapists actually prescribe. ‘All physicians, therefore, yourselves included ...

Populism and the People

Jan-Werner Müller

23 May 2019
... wing populist has yet come to power anywhere in Western Europe or North America without the collaboration of established conservative elites. Farage did not bring Brexit about by himself; he needed Michael Gove, Boris Johnson et al to assure voters that it was a jolly good idea. Trump wasn’t elected as the leader of a spontaneous grassroots movement of – as the cliché has it – angry white ...

A Short History of the Trump Family

Sidney Blumenthal: The First Family

16 February 2017
... when they were in trouble. The Don’s bond was not the Trump way.Fred Jr resembled the middle Corleone brother, Fredo, who is weak and indecisive, and is eventually murdered by his younger brother, Michael, after he assumes control of the family business. Donald was most like the hot-headed Santino ‘Sonny’ Corleone, whose impulsiveness results in his assassination by rival gang members at a ...

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