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Foreword


Abstracts of the Standard Edition of
the Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud

Carrie Lee Rothgeb, editor
 

FOREWORD (1971)
by Bertram S. Brown, MD 

The mental health needs of our Nation are being met in a variety of ways-one of them the important area of dissemination and integration of existing knowledge.

We at the National Institute of Mental Health are convinced that those responsible for research and training in mental health, regardless of their theoretical persuasions, stand to benefit from the infusion of new knowledge-to stimulate their critical processes and to contribute to the growing body of scientific knowledge through their fresh appraisals.

Such benefits and contributions are enhanced and facilitated when interpreted and acted upon in the light of existing knowledge. An important aim of the Institute, through its National Clearinghouse for Mental Health Information, is to make that knowledge available widely and in a form to encourage its use.

In this spirit, the Clearinghouse collaborated with the American Psychoanalytic Association in a pioneer effort to abstract the Standard Edition of Freud.

While we recognize that Freud’s theoretical concepts are representative of but one school of thought in psychiatry, we are certain they are unique in the dialogues they have stimulated, in the research they have fostered, and in the contribution they have made to major therapeutic efforts. This, then, is one step toward our ultimate aim of providing access to knowledge that will promote far ranging investigation of a host of philosophies and approaches.

Abstracts of the Standard Edition of Freud is a comprehensive compilation of abstracts, keyed to all the psychoanalytic concepts found in the Standard Edition of Freud edited by James Strachey. The index is designed as a guide for both the professional and the lay person. We feel the abstracts will spur further inquiry to lead to more efficient investigation. This volume is symbolic of the NIMH effort, through the National Clearinghouse for Mental Health Information to aid the communication process.

In this, the twenty-fifth anniversary year of the National Mental Health Act, it is fitting not only that we look to future advances in the mental health sciences but also that we gain a greater perspective of past contributions. This work serves as a model of what can be done and what will be done with increasing frequency by the Institute and, just as importantly, by others.

Bertram S. Brown, MD 
Director, National Institute of Mental Health

 

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