May 1954

Psychoanalysis and Social Work.

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Edited by Marcel Heiman, M.D. Price, $5. Pp. 346. International Universities Press, Inc., 227 W. 13th St., New York 11, 1953.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;87(5):657-658. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050090645024

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To those pediatricians who do not have a complete emotional block to psychoanalysis as a system of human psychology or as a therapeutic discipline and to those pediatricians who are interested in modern social work this volume may prove rather interesting. It was edited by Marcel Heiman of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Its contributors, each writing a chapter, are from the fields of psychoanalysis, child guidance institutes and clinics, psychiatric hospitals, foster homes, pediatric psychiatry, and social work.

In his introduction Dr. Heiman makes this very significant statement of the sterility of early psychiatry (preanalytic psychiatry) and the impact of psychoanalytically oriented social work on this sterility: "It is the very influence of psychoanalysis and social work upon psychiatry and upon each other which is largely responsible for America's leading position in the field of mental hygiene today. Before this took place psychiatry was shackled by a double chain,

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