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Freud, A. (1930). British Psycho-Analytical Society. Bul. Int. Psychoanal. Assn., 11:118-119.

(1930). Bulletin of the International Psycho-Analytic Association, 11:118-119

British Psycho-Analytical Society

Anna Freud

Third Quarter, 1929

July 24, 1929. Special Meeting. About twenty-five Members and Associate Members were present, and the following guests: Dr. Katherine Jones, Mrs. Agar, Dr. Brierley, Dr. A. A. Brill, Colonel and Mrs. Berkeley-Hill, Mrs. Bryan, Dr. and Mrs. Coriat, Major Daly, Frau Déri, Dr. Eitingon, Dr. and Mrs. Ferenczi, Fräulein Anna Freud, Mrs. Flügel, Mrs. Glover, Mr. Herford, Mr. Isaacs, Dr. Jakobsen, Dr. Jekels, Dr. and Mrs. Laforgue, Dr. and Mrs. Pfeifer, Mrs. Riggall, Dr. Sachs, Dr. M. Schmideberg, Dr. and Mrs Maxim Steiner, Mrs. Stoddart, Mr. Yates.

Dr. Glover took the chair and explained that the Meeting was convened to give the Society an opportunity of expressing its appreciation of Dr. Jones's arduous labours in the interest of psycho-analysis as a member of the Psycho-Analysis Committee of the British Medical Association. Reference was also made to his unremitting services to psycho-analysis in other fields, and in particular his capacity as President of the British Psycho-Analytical Society.

Complimentary reference having been made to the presence of Dr. Katherine Jones as guest, Dr. Glover presented Dr. Jones with a Presidential Chair, a gold pencil and a gold cigar-cutter, all suitably inscribed, and to Mrs. Jones a Chinese lacquer box of chocolates.

Dr. Jones, in thanking the Society, said he regarded the occasion as marking an important step in the relationship of psycho-analysis to the medical profession in particular and to the public at large. He had undertaken the work with a heavy heart, there being no prospect of any goal to be reached except the negative one of diminishing the probable harm of this meaningless 'inquiry'. It turned out, however, that tenacious fighting had resulted in a more positive achievement, namely, that for the first time an official national body of the medical profession had recognized psycho-analysis as a serious branch of science, an independent one on which they were not competent to pass judgment. This result could not fail to have repercussions in other countries also. Further, the fundamental distinction between psycho-analysts and pseudo-analysts had been recognized, as well as the qualifications established by membership of the International Psycho-Analytical Association.

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