September 1964

Franz Alexander 1891-1964

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;11(3):229-234. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720270001001

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Alan Gregg, friend and supporter of Franz Alexander, has written that "one of the assets of youth is to feel incomplete, one of the charms of youth is to seem incomplete, and the overwhelming truth about youth is that it is incomplete..... it requires no apology.....for in incompleteness there is promise." This sense of incompleteness characterized Franz Alexander, the interminably youthful man. He was always searching for new horizons, new ideas, never satisfied to stop. He was creative and colorful, productive and provocative, courageous and controversial, vital and pioneering. Conceptually broad and not detail bound, his style reflected his way of life. Many papers can be written about Alexander the psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, Alexander the researcher and innovator, Alexander the educator and teacher, Alexander the philosopher and theoretician, and Alexander the person.

In many ways Alexander was a series of

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