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May 28, 1932

The Medical Value of Psychoanalysis.

JAMA. 1932;98(22):1936. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730480086034

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Abstract

The Journal published, some months ago, a Harvey lecture on psychoanalysis by Dr. Alexander. The present volume includes this chapter, together with an expansion of its views, in book form. Dr. Alexander is a medical psychoanalyst, primarily a teacher and an investigator, but also a successful practitioner. He writes directly and does not confuse his readers with much of the special jargon that has attached itself to this field. The book includes five chapters, on psychoanalysis and medicine, the present status of psychoanalysis as a theoretical and therapeutic system, critical considerations on the psychoanalytic treatment of psychoses, psychogenic factors in organic diseases, and psychoanalysis in medical education. Dr. Alexander defends the view that separation of the psychologic and somatic approaches to understanding of disease is artificial and obsolete. He recognizes the resentment of Sigmund Freud at the refusal of medicine to appreciate his life work, but he feels that the

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