Dissociation of a Personality: A Biographical Study in Abnormal Psychology
Publisher: Gryphon Editions; Special Reprint edition (1992)
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Morton Prince (1854-1929) was Professor of Nervous Diseases at Tufts from 1902-1912. He was the founder and editor of The Journal of Abnormal Psychology. His other major books include Nature of Mind and Human Automatism, The Unconscious, and The Psychology of the Kaiser. His famous hypnotic investigation and treatment of Miss Beauchamp were carried on from 1898 to 1903 and first published two years later. For his contemporaries the thoroughness and resourcefulness with which Prince approached his patient must have seemed a tour de force; it has remained the classic example of a multiple personality. The three major personalities and two 'subconscious' states are traced from their clinical origin, correlated with each other, and sketched in a biographical format. Recorded observations of speech, handwriting, and automatisms are used to delineate the personalities vividly; three contrapuntal dissociations tempted Prince to think of them as 'The Saint, The Woman, and The Devil'.