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April 1933

The Medical Value of Psychoanalysis.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;29(4):932-933. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240100251026

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This book is written for the layman and the general practitioner on the subject of the medical value of psychoanalysis. According to psychoanalysts, only those who are properly trained, with the required experience, are now recognized as capable of practicing analysis. In this country the number is gradually increasing, but is not large. According to this concept, most neurologists and psychiatrists know little of psychoanalysis. If this point of view is accepted, then the general practioner and the layman would appreciate the principle of analysis even less. Why therefore this book?

The number of books on psychologic subjects written for the benefit of the general practitioner and public is increasing yearly. If the public, which means the curiosity seeking public, and psychoneurotic persons were to read and understand one tenth of the output, then possibly something would be gained. But, do they?

It would be well if some psychoanalyst would