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Ferenczi, S. (1920). Open Letter. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 1:1-2.

(1920). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 1:1-2

Open Letter

S. Ferenczi, M.D.

Among the many reconstructive problems awaiting the "International Psycho-Analytical Association" after its long period of enforced inactivity I judge none to be more urgent or important than the reconsideration of the position of our literary organs. It has become evident that, in view especially of the remarkable increase of interest in Psycho-Analysis in America and England during the past few years, the Internationale Zetschrift für ärztliche Psychoanalyse can no longer be expected satisfactorily to fulfil its function as the international organ, at least on its former lines. Various possibilities of re-organization suggest themselves, such as, for instance, the publishing of a duplicate organ in German and English, but, after having been able at last to communicate again and consult with my presidential colleagues, I have decided that the most satisfactory method would be to found a distinct Journal in the English language, in close contact with the Zeitschrift, and if possible under a similar editorship. The new Journal would rank equally with the Zeitschrift and Imago as an official organ of the "International Psycho-Analytical Association", with special reference to the English-speaking public, and would contain the official Reports of the Association. As — with the present difficulties and delays in communication and arrangements — it will take many months work to issue the first number, I have considered it my duty not to wait for the next Congress before making a start in the matter, but to set this in motion at once, leaving it then to the Congress to make any suggestion it may think desirable.

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