By Edward R. Pinckney, MD. Price, $3.95. Pp 192. Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632, 1965.
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Every now and then a book comes along that poses a serious and important question for physicians and the medical profession to answer. Here is such a book written primarily for the layman, but which demands that the medical profession once and for all answer the question of whether psychoanalysis, especially of the Freudian variety, should be considered, even indirectly, as a part of scientific medicine. Dr. Pinckney's book says NO, but Dr. Pinckney is careful to stress throughout his book that this is merely his opinion. Parenthetically, how wonderful it is to find there is someone still left in this world who is not afraid to express an opinion without fear of being accused of being a nonconformist! The author states that ". . . this book was never intended to be a review of the psychoanalytical literature, a mere copying of the criticisms already in print . . .
Harris MC. The Fallacy of Freud and Psychoanalysis.. Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(2):312-314. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870020152038