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Dr. Cody's study is a valuable addition both to the literature of emotional suffering and to the interpretation of Emily Dickinson's poetry. It is worth the attention of those compassionate physicians who seek to know illness through the patient's soul for the sake of the art of their practice. It should be equally important to the student of American literature. But it also illustrates the hazards of the psychoanalytic method in biography.
In his introduction, Dr. Cody makes clear that he aims to be a "psychoanalytic biographer" of the poet and thus reconstruct "the psychological processes" of her life. He
After Great Pain—The Inner Life of Emily Dickinson.. Ann Intern Med. ;76:344. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-2-344_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(2):344.
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