August 1961

An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Research.

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By K. M. Colby. Price, $3.00. Pp. 117. Basic Books, Inc., 59 Fourth Ave., New York 3, 1960.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1961;5(2):212-213. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710140104015

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The author begins this little book with the undemonstrated assertion that "psychoanalysis is a branch of science." That psychoanalysis aspires to the "ermine of science" we may well admit, but it is far from that goal. By the admission of the author himself it has "wasted a huge amount of our scientific time" with pseudoproblems and is still trying to "develop scientific methods appropriate to [its] data and problems." This will be admittedly difficult. It will be long before the scientific revolution can be extended to the "world of persons." Meanwhile psychoanalysis will remain in the status of an aspirant.

The blurb on the jacket states that he "proposes methods for adapting, within the accepted psychoanalytic framework, techniques of scientific observation, experimentation, and verification." But facts have a habit of not remaining within any framework and the attempt to make them do so sins

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