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July 8, 1974

Decline and Rise of Psychoanalysis

Author Affiliations

Boston University School of Medicine

JAMA. 1974;229(2):138. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230400014006

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Abstract

To the Editor.—  From its historic beginnings to the present day, psychoanalysis has had to deal with views such as those of J. H. Conn in "The Decline of Psychoanalysis" (228:711, 1974). As a psychoanalyst and as chairman of the Committee on Public Information of the American Psychoanalytic Association, I have had occasion to respond to misconceptions about psychoanalysis on a number of occasions. Conn published similar comments on "The Rise and Decline of Psychoanalysis" in Psychiatric Opinion (10:34-38, 1973). My response at that time is, again, appropriate.First, let me present some facts that should help raise some questions about what Conn sees as a decline. The American Psychoanalytic Association is the largest organization of psychoanalysts in the United States, with a membership of 2,050 psychoanalysts, 32 affiliated societies, and 23 training centers all over the country. In addition, there are some 800 psychoanalysts-in-training and some 600 who are

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