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February 1970

Science and Psychoanalysis, vol 14: Childhood and Adolescence.

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(2):362-363. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310020168030

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Science and Psychoanalysis. vol 14: Childhood and Adolescence is an important piece of work. It consists of a presidential address on psychoanalytic training methods by Harold I. Lieff, president of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, followed by 15 papers by different authors on various aspects of child-therapy, to each of which is appended a critical appraisal by another psychiatrist.

All the contributors display high intelligence and outstanding erudition (one essay of 16 pages contains 121 references, surely a record) but very variable degrees of insight. The result is a book that is by turns thought-provoking, profound, exasperating, naive, brilliant, and above all stimulating. It should be "required reading" for psychiatrists and psychologists everywhere.

To deal first with the negative aspects of the book, the following report (p 72) would be hard to beat for psychological naivety. Investigating the influence of mother-love on infants,

Sears, Maccoby and Levin of Harvard reported

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