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October 1965

Moral Values in Psychoanalysis.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(4):380-381. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730040090014

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The proceedings of the Sixth Symposium of the Academy of Religion and Mental Health was published in this small volume. After establishing the fact that most of the participants were not practicing psychoanalysts, nor theologians, and some had only credentials as patients of one and supplicants of the other, this group of 26, logically proceeded to a discussion of moral values in psychoanalysis. Despite the above, and despite the occasional diversion of the analysts spelling out for the nonanalyst psychiatrists how to handle a symptom (as seen on page 39 and again on page 59), the bridging and the understanding of the disciplines was most of the time good and on occasion exciting. This is particularly impressive in view of the fact that none of the analysts present, and indeed very few ever do, had formal courses in ethics or morals as part of

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