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September 1960

Current Approaches to Psychoanalysis.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(3):461. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820030149030

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It is a compliment to psychoanalysis that the program committee of the American Psychopathological Association decided, in 1958, to undertake a broadly based review of various contemporary approaches to the field. Representatives of various points of view—theoretical, clinical, and research-were invited to present their ideas, and a round table discussion was held in which many others participated. This book is the record, and the material is excellently organized and edited.

The average physician finds it difficult to understand just how and how far Sullivan, Horney, Rado, Adler and others diverge from basic or standard psychoanalytic theory and practice. It was the object of this meeting to discuss these departures, and no doubt the participants enlightened one another. It isn't entirely clear for what readers the bound volume is intended. The average nonspychoanalytic reader will not gain much from these papers—too much dissidence with too little base line.

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