Frederick C. Crews’s new book, Freud: The Making of an Illusion, will be published in the fall.
 (February 2017)


Freud: What’s Left?

Sigmund Freud, Vienna, 1911

Freud: In His Time and Ours

by Élisabeth Roudinesco, translated from the French by Catherine Porter
When the surviving directorate of Freudian psychoanalysis reassembled after the disruption and dispersal of World War II, its members faced a situation of combined opportunity and risk. Their movement’s center of gravity had long been shifting westward from Vienna and Berlin toward London and New York, reaching more potential clients …

Physician, Heal Thyself: Part II

Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Fliess, early 1890s
In the first part of this essay, a review of books by Gerald Imber and Howard Markel, we saw that William Halsted and Sigmund Freud, though superficially alike in their concern for medical applications of cocaine, were attracted to the drug for different reasons.1 Halsted had one goal in …

Physician, Heal Thyself: Part I

Sigmund Freud and Martha Bernays during their engagement, Wandsbeck, near Hamburg, 1885

Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted

by Gerald Imber

An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine

by Howard Markel
Among American surgeons, William Stewart Halsted (1852–1922) was never the most dexterous or brilliant. Indeed, he wasn’t even minimally reliable during the second half of his forty-two-year surgical career. Offering spurious excuses, he absented himself for long periods from his duties at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital. When on hand, …