January 1958

The Patient Speaks: Mother Story Verbatim in Psychoanalysis of Allergic Illness.

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By Harold A. Abramson, M.D. Price, $3.50. Pp. 239. Vantage Press, 120 W. 31st St., New York, 1956.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;101(1):164-165. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260130178031

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I have a dreadful suspicion that many physicians and internists have as much difficulty as I have keeping up with formulations of psychoanalysts and even some psychiatrists. I am sure this is a great misfortune, not only for us physicians but for psychoanalysts too. In this state, I am reluctant to read a book by a psychoanalyst, lest his words and concepts, so far removed from biology, medicine, or scientific proof, enhance rather than abate my confusion. Abramson's book, "The Patient Speaks," is remarkable. It is a series of the outpourings of a patient on a psychiatrist's couch, not just for the psychiatrist and his note-taking, but for a tape recorder from which these excerpts are taken.

It has been said that if any person could but write the intimate and clear details of his life he would have the material for at least one novel. This comes very close

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