Medicine: The Couch Cult

Is psychoanalysis a cure-all for the minor ills of the mind? Or is it a costly fad full of humbug? Few healing techniques of modern times are fought over with such violent partisanship as the long-drawn-out Freudian analysis. For the past fortnight, a layman and two prominent psychiatrists have carried on the argument in the Nation.

"My husband and I were recently divorced upon the suggestion of his psychiatrist," wrote Dorothy Ferman (pseudonym of a former newspaperwoman and advertising writer). "Several weeks later my husband voluntarily entered a sanitarium to be treated for depression. I, too, am depressed; I'm also angry. In...

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