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July 8, 1974

Decline and Rise of Psychoanalysis-Reply

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Kansas City, Mo

JAMA. 1974;229(2):138-139. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230400014008

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To the Editor.—  If his contention is "Old order changeth, yielding place to new, and God fulfills Himself in many ways, lest one good custom should corrupt the world," the point is well taken. However, it has become fashionable these days to deprecate the insights that we have gained about human nature as a result of the pursuit of psychoanalysis. The body of psychoanalytic knowledge confirms, from experiences in the clinical field, some of the conclusions that philosophers and religious leaders have suggested about the nature of man, long antedating the freudian era.One of the major contributions of Freud, it seems to me, has been the development of the technique. However, in the process, it created an aura of an etiologic understanding of psychological issues, and the medical world drew the erroneous conclusion that psychoanalysis had a curative potential with regard to human suffering. Another misfortune that seems to