restricted access Book Note: Helene Deutsch: A Psychoanalyst's Life
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Paul Roazen. Helene Deutsch: A Psychoanalyst’s Life. 2d ed. History of Ideas Series. New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 1991. xix + 371 pp. $19.95; £25.00 (paperbound).

This reedition of the 1985 biography draws upon a wealth of primary sources (including interviews with Deutsch and her family, as well as open access to the sum of her private papers) and contains a new introduction by the author. [End Page 192]Deutsch (1884–1982), a member of Freud’s circle in Vienna, developed her mentor’s ideas as they related to women, contributing her famous two-volume work, The Psychology of Women, in 1944–45. A majority of the biography is devoted to Deutsch’s personal development and the internal dynamics of the Vienna circle; if readers seek the sociocultural context of personal and professional development, they must be content with viewing it primarily through this internalist filter. A few of the later chapters discuss Deutsch’s psychological theories. Chapter 13, for example, presents the arguments of her 1925 article, “Psychoanalysis of the Sexual Functions of Women,” and compares them with Freudian theory. The epilogue, which focuses on The Psychology of Women, touches on the book’s historical reception by feminists.