December 1960


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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1960;3(6):698. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1960.01710060130018

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Correspondence  To the Editor:—The article of Dr. Thomas Szasz which appeared in the July, 1960, issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry deserves widespread attention. It raises so many questions of grave import to the future development of psychoanalysis that it is a major contribution for the journal to publish it in view of its rejection by other psychoanalytic journals. I admire and applaud your integrity and devotion to the free and unhampered development of psychoanalysis as a science. Dr. Szasz has attempted what is undoubtedly a thankless task, since such a critique tends to attract the enemies of psychoanalysis, while drawing massive denials and counterattacks from the American Psychoanalytic Association of which he is a member.The article, while sketchy and largely defensive of the current psychoanalytic training practices, does undertake to explore some of the more dangerous and unscientific aspects of psychoanalytic training today. Dr. Szasz

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