This is a volume of five analytic interviews told in great detail, loosely fictionalized and avoiding scientific jargon. They are for the most part harrowing and unpleasant- save for the last one in which the doctor becomes involved in the patient's fantasy of travel to an interstellar planet. This tale is modest and engaging and permits the impression that Dr. Lindner is not entirely the victim of his belief in the analytic technique. Others deal with Charles, a psychopath who attempts to murder the doctor and is remanded to a prison hospital; Anton, a fascist and anti-semite who finally is called to war and is killed; Laura who eats obsessively to hide her desire to have a child by her father... Certainly not for psychiatrists or therapists, this is a deliberate popularization of analytic material which will hold a curiosity value for the lay investigator with an appetite for the abnormal. A preface by Max Lerner adds tone.