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March 1964


Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1964;10(3):219. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1964.01720210001001

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The leading article in this issue by Kenneth Colby was presented in San Francisco on September 27, 1963, as the academic lecture at the Western Divisional Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. William G. Barrett, the chairman, made the introductory remarks of which part is hereby reproduced for obvious reasons.

"Our most powerful tool for the study of free-association is the theory of psychoanalysis. Dr. Colby has familiarized himself with this tool and uses it skillfully; and he has never, I am glad to be able to say, made the fateful mistake of identifying himself with his theory. He does not carry a torch of the only 'true psychoanalysis,' of which, unfortunately, we see all too many versions today. In fact, it may well be that the chief opposition to recognition of Dr. Colby's experimental program will come from psychoanalysts who have forgotten how daringly imaginative were Freud's contributions

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