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November 3, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(10):1003-1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970270063025

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To the Editor:—  There are some exceptions to be taken to the claims of Freudian psychoanalysis set forth with such conviction in the guest editorial of the July 21 issue of The Journal, page 1160. In reading it one could be led to think that there had not been found anything like vital flaws in its doctrine and that the doctrine had not become much of a controversial issue in psychiatry in general. One need but observe what criticism the doctrine received directly and by implication in some of the papers read at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association this year to become aware of the continuously smouldering conflict that the doctrine's influence in the psychiatric field has provoked and to see that the issue presented is not one to be resolved just by more and more experience and research, but by philosophically reconsidering the principles that are

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