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Editor’s Preface

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

Carrie Lee Rothgeb, editor


Work was begun on the abstracting of the Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud (James Strachey, ed., Hogarth Press, London) in order to make these abstracts available through the computer search system of the National Clearinghouse for Mental Health Information. It soon became evident that their utility could be greatly enhanced by providing a printed volume of all abstracts and a subject index. This publication was, therefore, prepared to fill a pressing need regarding secondary reference to Freud’s work.

The accession number assigned to each abstract relates the Tyson and Strachey “Chronological Hand-list of Freud’s Works” (International Journal of Psycho-analysis, 1956) to the volume and page number of the Standard Edition. Thus, in the number 1886F 1/21 1886F refers to the Tyson and Strachey number and 1/21 refers to Volume1 page 21 of theStandard Edition. A few of the page numbers have been adjusted (moved forward or backward) by one or two pages due to editor’s notes or introductions. This numbering system is also used in the KWOC (Key-Word-Out-of-Context) subject index. Sequence of the abstracts in this publication follows the Standard Edition.

The National Clearinghouse for Mental Health Information is grateful to Dr. Bernard D. Fine, Chairman, Committee on Indexing, American Psychoanalytic Association for preparing the list of units for abstracting and for assisting with the review of the abstracts; and to Dr. George H. Klumpner, Coordinator, Chicago Psychoanalytic Indexing Research Group for preparing the cross-references from the Tyson-Strachey numbers to the Standard Editionand assisting in the preparation of the KWOC Index.

Carrie Lee Rothgeb
Chief, Technical Information Section
National Clearinghouse for Mental Health Information


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