The Making of An Illusion

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From the master of Freud debunkers, the book that definitively puts an end to the myth of psychoanalysis and its creator

Since the 1970s, Sigmund Freud's scientific reputation has been in an accelerating tailspin--but nonetheless the idea persists that some of his contributions were visionary discoveries of lasting value. Now, drawing on rarely consulted archives, Frederick Crews has assembled a great volume of evidence that reveals a surprising new Freud: a man who blundered tragicomically in his dealings with patients, who in fact never cured anyone, who promoted cocaine as a miracle drug capable of curinga wide range of diseases, and who advanced his career through falsifying case histories and betraying the mentors who had helped him to rise. The legend has persisted, Crews shows, thanks to Freud's fictive self-invention as a master detective of the psyche, and later through a campaign of censorship and falsification conducted by his followers.

A monumental biographical study and a slashing critique, Freud: The Making of an Illusion will stand as the last word on one of the most significant and contested figures of the twentieth century.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627797177
Branch Call Number: 150.1952 FRE CRE
Characteristics: xvi, 746 pages :,illustrations


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Dec 22, 2017

This anti-Freud diatribe seems to back up all its astounding denigrations of Freud with letters written by Freud himself and with copious footnotes. Its negative revelations seem both credible and mind-boggling. The Great Man is reduced to a self-serving, mendacious, inept, somewhat hallucinatory cokehead with a flair for convincing literary output. One flaw: the author sometimes slips into semi-comprehensible psycho-babble akin to a literary Stockholm syndrome, where the describer spins his tale in the language of the one described. Otherwise, this is a must-read item, especially for those interested in the history of mind study.

Sep 25, 2017

“He’s Back: Freddy Crews Claws Freud : For Crews, the nightmare remains the same”
by George Makari M.D., posted October 12, 2011, at Psychology Today
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