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February 1965

Identity or Regression in American Psychoanalysis?

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(2):113-125. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720320001001

Introduction  IN MAY 1964, Dr. Maxwell Gitelson addressed The American Psychoanalytic Association on the subject of "The Identity Crisis in Psychoanalysis" and very soon thereafter his paper was published in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.1 It is concerned with the formal relations between psychoanalysis on the one hand and psychiatry, psychodynamics, and psychodynamic therapy on the other. As Rado et al2 have stated before, what happens in the psychoanalytic field and in its official societies and, as well, the pronouncements of its spokesmen are still of some significance to American psychiatry. Much of what Gitelson writes has been said before, by himself4 as well. Nevertheless his current recommendations are so at variance with the goals and standards of psychiatry and psychoanalysis that these recommendations, if nothing else, require answering.In the body of the paper the word "debate"

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