Sigmund Freud by Catherine Reef
Pioneer of the Mind

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Few historical figures have captured the public imagination as completely as Sigmund Freud. At a time when many ailments of the mind were treated with soothing baths or dangerous electroshock therapy, Freud initiated a novel practice: he simply listened to his patients. He called his method of treatment psychoanalysis, or “the talking cure.” Though the validity of Freud’s theories is still widely debated, there is little doubt that his contributions to the study of the mind were invaluable. In this compelling, even-handed biography, Catherine Reef explains Freud’s groundbreaking theories and methods and shows how Freudian thought has affected our culture, changing the way we think about everything from art and literature to raising children. Beautiful archival family photographs round out this intimate look at a fascinating man. Endnotes, bibliography, index.

About Catherine Reef

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Catherine Reef is the author of more than 35 nonfiction books for young people. Her books for Clarion include the highly acclaimed JOHN STEINBECK and SIGMUND FREUD, which was the recipient of the 2002 Sydney Taylor Award, presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries. She lives in College Park, Maryland.
Published April 23, 2001 by Clarion Books. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books.

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These are just a few of the telling details that emerge in Catherine Reef's illuminating new biography, ''Sigmund Freud: Pioneer of the Mind.'' Reef also writes about Freud's early enthusiasm for cocaine, his youthful pride and the sometimes lonely path he traveled before the world was ready to a...

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Reef distills Freud's theories into comprehensible descriptions and combines a wealth of primary source material and idiosyncratic details to demonstrate his intellect, character and personality (e.g., to convey his devotion to his wife and six children, "Freud came home to eat lunch with the fam...

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