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October 1969

Psychoanalysis in Present-Day Psychiatry.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(4):510. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740220126016

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This slim volume arises from a symposium of the American College of Psychiatrists and contains an introduction by Iago Galdston followed by papers authored by Judd Marmor, Harold I. Lief, one co-authored by Milton H. Miller, Gene M. Abroms, Norman S. Greenfield, and Hilton H. Miller, and a final paper by James Mann. It is highly recommended.

Galdston clearly phrases the issue: coexistence versus integration of psychoanalysis and psychiatry. He concluded, "For psychiatry without psychoanalysis were a dismal regression; psychoanalysis without Psychiatry, an academic abortion."

This reviewer, a psychiatrist and a Psychoanalyst, has written considerably on the subject (although never quoted in this book), an indication confirming the Conclusion that his influence has been insignificant. Only one angry response from a classical psychoanalyst suggested that this reviewer give up his membership in the Psychoanalytic Association. I have come to the conclusion that talking and writing about the limited, but indeed

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