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Two free-lance writers and a lay psychoanalyst have collaborated with a dual purpose: to supply clinical and theoretical information to potential patients so they may be able to refer themselves to competent practitioners for psychoanalytic treatment, and to prepare lecturers on psychoanalysis for questions that lay audiences might pose. Discussions on the indications for psychoanalysis, the precautions to be taken before commencing, and what to expect during the analysis itself, are presented in a series of rigged interviews. The paradigmatic "psychoanalyst" is baited by a cynically provocative "lawyer" and a frequently flippant "career girl" while often supported by a psychiatrically sophisticated "teacher" and a "housewife." He finally succeeds in dissolving doubts and misconceptions with the use of clinical vignettes and their associated theoretical explanations.
There are interesting inconsistencies in the portrayal of the psychoanalyst. In the first part of the book he discusses a broad range of psychiatric problems and
Apter NS. The Talking Cure: A Concise and Practical Guide to Psychoanalysis Today. JAMA. 1964;188(2):190. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060280092039