September 22, 1975

Practical and Theoretical Aspects of Psychoanalysis

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital San Francisco


by Lawrence S. Kubie, ed 2; 361 pp, $15, New York, International Universities Press, 1975.

JAMA. 1975;233(12):1318. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03260120080037

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This posthumously published volume represents a fascinating achievement by an important figure in American psychoanalysis. The book has evolved from a 1936 version under a briefer title, through a 1950 revision, to the present edition. The final product is a very personal document portraying the personal evolution of Lawrence Kubie, as well as that segment of the psychoanalytic community that looked to him for leadership. Kubie calls himself a heretic, a person who had no "truck with any doxologies," and he deeply regretted that his earlier volumes were accused of "rigidity" by the nonorthodox. Paradoxically, the more traditional analysts regarded the same work as "heterodox." The present volume continues Kubie's attempt to inform prospective patients, their families and friends, medical advisors, and other counselors what psychoanalysis is really like.

And the attempt is successful. The interested reader, physician or layman, will find an enormously articulate description of how Freudian psychoanalysis