Medicine: Thanatopsis, 1955

All over the U.S., patients in analysis were deprived of their daily or every-other-day sessions last week as 500 members of the American Psychoanalytic Association stepped away from their couches and journeyed to Manhattan for their winter meeting. At scientific sessions there was little to distinguish them from any other group of medical specialists;* they jampacked smoke-filled rooms and listened to the latest theories with polite interest, though they were outspoken in disbelief of some of the more farfetched items.

A speaker who won respectful attention but little agreement was Manhattan's...

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