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July 8, 1974

Decline and Rise of Psychoanalysis-Reply

Author Affiliations

Torrance, Calif

JAMA. 1974;229(2):138. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230400014007

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To the Editor.—  The Journal has again attempted to sound the death knell of freudian psychoanalysis, despite the fact that it remains the only effective scientific system of observation of intrapsychic phenomena and their relationships to disease processes, both psychic and somatic. To imply that a body of science and a medical subspecialty is close to its demise because its treatment modalities are limited to carefully selected patients, would be equivalent to condemning the field of surgery because it is limited in its scope.Prejudice against a psychological science has no place in a scientific journal, especially one with the influence of The Journal. Psychoanalysis continues to progress slowly and painfully because of the nature of our field of inquiry. However, its literature is increasing, and the interest within the field of psychiatry is significant, if not overwhelming. We could do more, I think, if we did not have to