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August 28, 1943


Author Affiliations

New York. Director, Mental Hygiene Clinic, Queens General Hospital.

JAMA. 1943;122(18):1267. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840350051019

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To the Editor:—  Will you permit me to comment on the important editorial "Psychoanalysis and the Scientific Method" (The Journal, July 17). Taken as a whole, the article is correct. The obscure sentence that you quote from the psychoanalytic article is not only significant but typical. Any physician who will go to a medical library and read through four or five issues of psychoanalytic journals will find the same type of sentence—or even worse ones—over and over again. The conclusion is inescapable that to this involved and obscure language there must correspond an involved and obscure type of thinking. But it must be pointed out that this criticism does not apply to Freud himself. In expression, in thinking and in style he was always clear, and his greatest contribution is that he drew human problems into the range of scientific inquiry and gave tremendous impetus to the humanizing of psychiatry.

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