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Heath, R.G. (1974). Application of Sandor Rado's Adaptational Psychodynamic Formulations to Brain Physiology. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 2(1):19-25.

(1974). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 2(1):19-25

Application of Sandor Rado's Adaptational Psychodynamic Formulations to Brain Physiology

Robert G. Heath

Dr. Rado, in relaxed and reminiscent moods, often spoke of his reasons for changing from a career in political science to one in medicine. Upon hearing Freud describe a new technique for the investigation of human behavior, which Freud called waking state hypnosis or free association, Rado became exhilarated over the idea that this technique could be used for investigating activity of the brain. With characteristic enthusiasm, Dr. Rado rushed to read all of Freud's writings and entered medical school with the sole purpose of using and perfecting Freud's technique. His enthusiasm stemmed from his belief that this technique for studying the mind would reveal integrated activity of the brain, the organ of the mind. Through his professional career, Dr. Rado reinforced his conviction, emphasizing it in all his introductory lectures to students of psychoanalysis. With increasing frequency in his later years, he expressed the belief, shared with Freud, that the principal and enduring contribution of psychoanalysis would be the direction it provided for meaningful studies in brain physiology. In his paper written in 1949, Dr.

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