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November 1969

Modern Psychoanalysis: New Directions and Perspectives.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(5):634-635. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740230122022

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To a general psychiatrist, looking less to the dialectics of the evolution of psychoanalysis than a definition of its present borders, interfaces, and growing points, this volume provides a welcome, firm, and wellinformed guide. This is not a shy work. Its 34 authors and 28 essays, extending over some 700 pages, take one from a discussion of the ``Conceptual Progress in Psychoanalysis'' (by Roy R. Grinker, Sr.), by way of the biological and clinical terrain, to the implications of psychoanalytic thought for sociology, political science, and history. The volume was undertaken at the request of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. As its valiant editor, Judd Marmor, states in his introductory essay, it is an ``interim report of the evolution of current psychoanalytic thought,'' the trends representing nothing that is ``either ultimate or definitive.'' The intent is to present essays

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