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April 15, 1961

Psychoanalytic Concepts of Depression

JAMA. 1961;176(2):170. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040150086032

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The author has done the psychiatric and psychoanalytic professions a great service in abstracting the main theoretical discussions containing psychoanalytic concepts of depression. He includes those writers who have contributed most to the theory on depression. They are Abraham, Freud, Rado, Gero, Melanie Klein, Bibring, Edith Jackson, and Mabel Blake Cohen. The abstracts of these writers are presented in understandable form as clear of technical language as is possible. Despite this attempt, psychoanalese often obscures what may possibly be cogent concepts, although this cannot be determined.

It would have been pleasing to be able to report that this body of literature represented, in essence, a progress through the years of a Great Investigation. It does so in part. But perhaps even more does it represent a Great Debate, with the rhetorical rather than scientific implications of this word. Indeed at times it bears the stigma not of an exchange of

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