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February 1968

Theory of Psychoanalytic Therapy.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;18(2):253-254. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740020125017

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Professor Wolstein's latest book is both timely and predictable. Timely in that more and more study is being given to the psychoanalytic situation and the psychoanalytic treatment process, eg, L. Stone and R. Greenson, and to the structure of Psychoanalytic thought as it is reflected in a theoretical system, eg, D. Rapoport and R. Waelder. Predictable in that Wolstein has already published five volumes dealing with transference, countertransference, experience and valuation, freedom to experience, and irrational despair. This current work logically follows its predecessors and attempts to treat psychoanalysis "as an empirical, systematic and interpretive structure of therapeutic inquiry." Wolstein differentiates the logical and clinical differences between inquiry and therapy. In classical tradition he sees science as a body of observation, definition, postulate and theory reflecting the organization of discovery and knowledge within a specific area. He views art as "the unification in actual practice of knowledge and its subject

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