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Family Romance, Family SecretsCase Notes from an American Psychoanalysis, 1912$
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Elizabeth Lunbeck and Bennett Simon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092141

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092141.001.0001

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On Reading Psychoanalytic Case Notes

On Reading Psychoanalytic Case Notes

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(p.12) Chapter 2 On Reading Psychoanalytic Case Notes
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Family Romance, Family Secrets
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Elizabeth Lunbeck

Bennett Simon

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300092141.003.0002

This chapter presents some comments on the reading of psychoanalytic case notes. It suggests that Emerson's notes, as is likely true for the vast majority of cases in which the analyst takes notes during a session or soon afterward, are sketchy and elliptical, intended more as aide-mémoire for his personal use than as a full account of the case. The reader can, however, become accustomed and attuned to the psychoanalytic dialogue even by way of the select and attenuated version of it presented in the analyst's notes.

Keywords:   Louville Eugene Emerson, psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic practice, case notes, readers

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