Medicine: Psychoanalysis Then & Now

"We now feel we can cure the patient without his fully understanding what made him sick. We are no longer so interested in peeling the onion as in changing it." So said one of the nation's most famed psychoanalysts, attending last week's annual meeting in Chicago of the American Psychoanalytic Association, which was marking the 50th anniversary of the organized practice of psychoanalysis in the U.S.

Dr. Franz Alexander, long the leading trainer of analysts in Chicago, and now working in Los Angeles' Institute for Psychoanalytic Medicine, thus noted a continuing change in the...

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