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Wallerstein, R.S., Adler, M.H. (1970). Panel on 'Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy'. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 51:219-231.

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(1970). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 51:219-231

Panel on 'Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy'

Robert S. Wallerstein and Morris H. Adler

Psychoanalysts work in universities, hospitals, clinics and various agencies with psychiatrists, other specialists, general practitioners, nurses, social workers, etc., as clinicians, academic teachers, supervisors or members of research teams. Into this work they bring their psychoanalytic training, knowledge and disciplined observation. Here the psychoanalyst is expected to do more than decide suitability for analysis or teach the workers the criteria for analysability. They are required to learn and study ways of applying their psychoanalytic theory to a different kind of a patient in a different kind of a setting.

The resultant ferment has brought about a revived interest in the multi-faceted correlation between psychoanalysis, psychoanalytically orientated psychotherapy, and other psychotherapies; and has provoked research, several books, panel discussions and now this international meeting.

Dr Wallerstein's prepublished comprehensive article focused attention on a number of questions directed at the panel. This report is framed around those questions, the extent to which they were answered, and the new ideas reflected by the discussants.

It contains excepts from the formal presentations made at the panel meeting, participants' notes which had not been read, and parts of a post-panel discussion.


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