Freud: A Life For Our Time
J Clin Psychiatry 2007;68(12):1991 [book review]
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This volume is a reprinting of a biography originally published in 1998 with a new short foreword. Its value will be for those who did not read the initial volume, which has become the standard for biographical perspectives on the life of the founder of psychoanalysis. Gay writes as a biographer with an explicit and positive bias regarding Sigmund Freud’s contribution to modern thought, but also as an extremely well-informed historian who presents the complexities and unwanted and inconvenient aspects of Freud’s life and personality without rationalization or diversion.