A Good Breast for Melanie

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[Correction Notice: An erratum for this article was reported in Vol 39(4) of Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books (see record 2006-06483-092). This article included inaccurate biographical information for reviewer Johanna Krout Tabin. Tabin is not affiliated with the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis but is administrative board and faculty member at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis.] Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1316–1317. Reviews the book, Melanie Klein by Julia Segal (1992). There is rising interest in this country in the work of Melanie Klein, reflected in recent programs at the American Psychological Association. Although Julia Segal wrote this little book for a British series synopsizing the contributions of key figures in counseling and psychotherapy, her aim suits very well the purposes of anyone who wants to understand why Klein is important and the gist of her ideas. Segal succeeds remarkably in a clear, well-organized, and concise account. She even manages to give a sense of Klein's personality and in well-chosen excerpts, the flavor of her working style. The book covers Klein's pioneering in child analysis and in the treatment of psychosis and the development of her theoretical ideas. For ease in finding the exact topic one wishes, each chapter comprises many distinct subsections. A particular value of Segal's book is that she clarifies some common misconceptions about what Klein believed and practiced, such as her use of projective identification. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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