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April 1963

An Investigation of the Sexual Cycle in Women: Methodologic Considerations

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1963;8(4):311-322. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1963.01720100001001

In this research-minded age, when methods of investigations rank high among your interests, I feel out of place, or rather out of date, since I plan to discuss a research which began 25 years ago and was published as a monograph 20 years ago.1 In order to do this with any hope of success I ask for your willingness to reverse your thinking and to imagine psychoanalytic research as it was about 30 years ago.

Because mechanical recording appears to be a necessity to many investigators, I want to remind you that until about 32 years ago, psychoanalysts adhered to Freud's advice not to take notes during analytic sessions but to make case records only after the session was over, or at the end of the working day.* Alexander was the first to break with this tradition, and he did it on a relatively large scale.

When the