This book tells of the insights gained by the author, a psychotherapy Professor in Zurich, during a 6-month period spent working, first in a psychiatric clinic in India, and then for a month in a similar clinic in Indonesia. Over the following 2 years, a second invitation and a lively correspondence with friends and colleagues in the sub-continent enabled him to deepen his knowledge and re-examine his reasoning and opinions.
Medard Boss (1903–1990) was a Swiss psychoanalytic psychiatrist who developed a form of psychotherapy known as Daseinsanalysis, which united the psychotherapeutic practice of psychoanalysis with the existential-phenomenological philosophy of friend and mentor Martin Heidegger. As a student in Vienna, he underwent some psychoanalytic sessions with Sigmund Freud, later continuing these in Zurich with Swiss psychoanalyst Hans Behn Eschenburg. After a period spent in London at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, he returned to Zurich, and was invited by Carl Gustav Jung to join a workshop with other medical doctors to study analytical psychology, an experience that lasted nearly 10 years and led him to see that psychoanalysis need not be limited to Freudian interpretations. In particular, Boss saw dreams as coming from a person’s life as a whole, not from a separate “dream state”. Nor did he view the “unconscious” as a place where the denied impulses were kept, as was Freud's view.
Our copy is in very nice condition, with an equally good dust jacket which shows only minor rubbing at edges and angles, with some slight grubbiness to the back. The book itself is in excellent condition, bound in mud-coloured cloth with title etc in gilt lettering on the spine, and showing no external signs of wear apart from a tiny white mark at the foot of the front cover. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright; free endpapers rather browned. A newspaper clipping reviewing the book is included.