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Searles, H.F. (1970). Correspondence. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 51:565-565.

(1970). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 51:565-565


Harold F. Searles


Rosenfeld's article 'On the Treatment of Psychotic States by Psychoanalysis: An Historical Approach' (Int. J. Psycho-Anal.50, 615–631), is written, for a paper presented as authoritative history, with surprising carelessness. It is apparent, for example, that Rosenfeld presumes to define my place in this history on the basis of his having read, from among the approximately 30 papers and one monograph which I have written concerning this field, only two of my papers. He defines with equal confidence Fromm-Reichmann's place without having read, apparently, the one book which she wrote about this subject.

He opines that 'Some of' my papers 'were written in close cooperation with Fromm-Reichmann'. This is simply untrue. The one paper of which this can be said accurately is my paper, 'Dependency Processes in the Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia' (1955), which was, as my footnote on p. 1 of that paper stated, 'A product of my collaboration with Drs Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, Alberta B. Szalita-Pemow, Marvin L. Adland, and Donald L. Burnham …'. That is the only writing of mine which Frieda Fromm-Reichmann ever read before its publication; and none of my writings in this field published thus far, including that paper, has had any co-author.

If one regards Rosenfeld's paper with the lightness appropriate to so casually written a piece, one finds that it does have its refreshing side: in its oversimplified 'us good guys against those bad guys' approach it is nostalgically reminiscent of the cowboy movies of yesteryear.


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