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TheGuru, the Bagman and the Sceptic

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Narrates the development of psychoanalysis through the prism of the friendship between Freud, Ern... Read More

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Narrates the development of psychoanalysis through the prism of the friendship between Freud, Ernest Jones and Wilfred Trotter.Aimed at the general reader, written in O'Mahony's customary witty and erudite style.O'Mahony has been given access to an archive of material relating to Wilfred Trotter by his only surviving descendent.MARKET: Oliver Sacks; Andrew Scull; Lisa Appignanesi.Seamus O'Mahony spent many years working for the National Health Service in Britain. He now lives in his native Cork, in the south of Ireland. He is the author of The Way We Die Now, which won a BMA Book Award in 2017, Can Medicine Be Cured? and The Ministry of Bodies.A brilliantly witty book about the intertwined lives of psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, surgeon Wilfred Trotter and the guru of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. Welsh-born psychoanalyst Ernest Jones was Sigmund Freud's closest associate and most fervent disciple. Clever, self-confident and intensely ambitious, Jones promoted psychoanalysis as a kind of secular religion. Meanwhile, his intimate friend Wilfred Trotter - a celebrated surgeon who saved the life of George V, and who took on Freud as a patient during his London exile - refused to yield to the seductions of the new Freudianism. A quintessentially English figure, Trotter was unimpressed by slick medical careerists, distrusted grand theories and lacked pomposity and self-regard. From the first psychoanalytic congress in Salzburg in 1908 to the illness of King George in the late 1920s and the meeting of Freud and Trotter in 1939, Seamus O'Mahony tells the story of these three figures and their intertwined lives with his customary wit and erudition. Not only the story of the development of psychoanalysis, this is a book about the sexual obsessions of intellectual and bohemian circles in London, Cambridge and Vienna, of Bloomsbury, of doctors in pursuit of wealth and fame. It covers a pivotal thirty years in European history, and reveals how and why the writings of a failed neurologist from Vienna became so influential.The story of the intertwined lives of psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, surgeon Wilfred Trotter and the guru of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.Seamus O'Mahony spent many years working for the National Health Service in Britain. He now lives in his native Cork, in the south of Ireland. He is the author of The Way We Die Now, which won a BMA Book Award in 2017, Can Medicine Be Cured? and The Ministry of Bodies.Riotously recalls the rise of psychoanalysis... [a] splendid bookA rich, funny and at times sad story about blind faith, sexual obsession, hubris and the pursuit of fame and wealthThis acerbic group biography takes aim at the 'guru' Freud and his acolytesO'Mahony's account is not just brilliantly researched and invigorating in its even-handedness but also exhilaratingly readable.O'Mahony has a great talent for taking the most difficult of subjects - death, the failures of medicine, and now psychoanalysis - and using his gift for storytelling, his eye for the absurd, and his great sense of humour to produce a book that is a joy to read.In this hugely enjoyable book, O'Mahony describes a seething cesspit of bitterness, folly, and jealous hatred, leavened with unexpected helpings of love, friendship, and curiosity about human nature ... You will laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally feel slightly ill. But in the end, never was it so much fun to watch the Freudians slip.In this wryly compelling and iconoclastic book Seamus O'Mahony delves into the controversial first half-century of psychoanalysisO'Mahony ingeniously explores the interrelationships of these three doctors: Freud, who is still considered by many as one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century; Jones, who is now remembered only as Freud's "bulldog"; and finally, Trotter, a master craftsman and teacher now all but forgotten.PRAISE FOR SEAMUS O'MAHONY: 'No one writes as clearly and intelligently [...] as Seamus O'Mahony' Sunday Independent. 'What makes this book a delightful, if unsettling read, is not just O'Mahony's scholarly and witty prose, but also his brutal honesty' The Times. 'A searingly honest and humane book that is challenging yet profoundly important' Guardian. 'Mahony leaves no stone unturned, sniffing out cant and hypocrisy wherever he finds it. And his views are as consistently intelligent as they are surprising' Daily Telegraph. 'Sharp and pithy observations'

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Title: TheGuru, the Bagman and the Sceptic
Author: Seamus O'Mahony
SKU: BK0472583
EAN: 9781804548523
Language: English

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Seamus O'Mahony spent many years working for the National Health Service in Britain. He now lives in his native Cork, in the south of Ireland. He is the author of The Way We Die Now, which won a BMA Book Award in 2017, Can Medicine Be Cured? and The Ministry of Bodies.

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