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May 31, 1965

Psychoanalysis and Current Biological Thought

Author Affiliations

Beverly Hills, Calif


Edited by Norman S. Greenfield and William C. Lewis. 380 pp, with illus. $8. University of Wisconsin Press, Box 1379, Madison 53701, 1965

JAMA. 1965;192(9):789-790. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080220053032

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As a rule, a book reporting on scientific proceedings does not amount to good reading enjoyment. This book, however, the proceedings of an interdisciplinary research conference sponsored by the Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and the department of psychiatry of the University of Wisconsin Medical Center, June 1963, is different: it carries the flavor of meeting a group of outstanding thinkers and following them in their ways of thinking, working, gaining knowledge and insight into the basic assumptions of psychoanalysis and the facts of biology.

Critics of analytic theory and frequently even its defenders do not display the kind of mastery of psychoanalytic theory and its complex developmental history which is needed for fruitful discussion. When criticism is advanced it is often emotional or not backed up by evidence or by efforts to illuminate difficulties. Here the authors have been chosen from many fields, but all are research-oriented and inspired by psychoanalytic

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