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November 13, 1967

The Technique and Practice of Psychoanalysis

JAMA. 1967;202(7):667. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130200153050

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Psychoanalytic Techniques: A Handbook for the Practicing Psychoanalyst, edited by Benjamin B. Wolman, 596 pp, $15, New York and London: Basic Books, Inc., 1967.

Psychotherapeutic techniques depend on the way the therapist understands the personality of each patient and what changes both patient and therapist strive for. The personality makeup of man may be simple in its broad essentials but is certainly complex in its details, and full of surprises. Freud opened up our understanding of it—he did not close it. Certainly no single school has all the answers, although this is the tone of much orthodox psychoanalytic writing as distinct from contributions that are free inquiries using all available knowledge. Dr. Greenson's book is based primarily on the theory of dammed-up libido, correct in itself but not expanded and enriched by the last 40 years of study which have seen such revolutionary progress in every other clinical and scientific