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October 5, 1929


JAMA. 1929;93(14):1084. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710140050027

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To the Editor:  —In the London Letter (The Journal, August 31) appears an account of the report of the special committee of the British Medical Association on its investigation of psychoanalysis. Your London correspondent has omitted the most important details of the original report. He devotes the major part of his letter to the amendment, the purpose of which was to neutralize the positive and favorable conclusions of the committee. At the Manchester meeting of the association, this amendment attacking psychoanalysis was rejected by a large majority. It appears that the discussion was rather acrimonious and many misleading statements were made by some of the speakers, to which no well trained psychoanalyst would subscribe. Many of these statements showed a deplorable ignorance of the fundamental conceptions of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. During these discussions many points were raised which had already been fully answered by the investigating committee.

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