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Adler, G. (1998). Borderline Personality Disorder: Clinical and Empirical Perspectives: Edited by John F. Clarkin, Elsa Marziali, and Heather Munroe-Blum. New York: Guilford, 1992, 352 pp., 42.00. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 46(1):343-346.

(1998). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 46(1):343-346

Borderline Personality Disorder: Clinical and Empirical Perspectives: Edited by John F. Clarkin, Elsa Marziali, and Heather Munroe-Blum. New York: Guilford, 1992, 352 pp., 42.00

Review by:
Gerald Adler

The past quarter century has seen the borderline personality disorder diagnosis (BPD) become the center of both controversy and creative endeavor in our field. Beginning with descriptions of a vaguely defined constellation of symptoms and dynamics, a literature has evolved that has gradually given us increasing clarity in our work as clinicians. BPD has been at the forefront in discussions about the widening scope of psychoanalysis, and the diagnosis has been misused as a countertransference response to difficult patients.

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