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July 8, 1974

Decline and Rise of Psychoanalysis

Author Affiliations

Boston University School of Medicine

JAMA. 1974;229(2):138. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230400014006

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To the Editor.—  From its historic beginnings to the present day, psychoanalysis has had to deal with views such as those of J. H. Conn in "The Decline of Psychoanalysis" (228:711, 1974). As a psychoanalyst and as chairman of the Committee on Public Information of the American Psychoanalytic Association, I have had occasion to respond to misconceptions about psychoanalysis on a number of occasions. Conn published similar comments on "The Rise and Decline of Psychoanalysis" in Psychiatric Opinion (10:34-38, 1973). My response at that time is, again, appropriate.First, let me present some facts that should help raise some questions about what Conn sees as a decline. The American Psychoanalytic Association is the largest organization of psychoanalysts in the United States, with a membership of 2,050 psychoanalysts, 32 affiliated societies, and 23 training centers all over the country. In addition, there are some 800 psychoanalysts-in-training and some 600 who are