The Book of It Author:Georg Groddeck Of this famous book Sigmund Freud wrote: "Now I think we shall gain a great deal by following the suggestion of Georg Groddeck who is never tired of pointing out that the conduct through life of what we call our ego is essentially passive, and that, as he expresses it, we are "lived" by unknown and uncontrollable forces. We have all had impressi... more »ons of the same kind and we need feel no hesitation in finding a place for Groddeck's discovery in the fabric of science."
"In The Book of It, which is cast in the form of letters to a friend, [Groddeck] discusses the whole problem of health and disease from a metaphysical point of view, and with an ironic refusal to dogmatize or tidy his views into a system. But the book itself, brimming over with gay irony and poetry, does succeed in circumscribing this territory of experience with remarkable fidelity; and from it Groddeck emerges not only as a great doctor but also as a philosopher whose It-concept is positively ancient Greek with in its clarity and depth . . ." - From introduction by Lawrence Durrell« less