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Wyman, H.M. Rittenberg, S.M. (2000). Editors' Introduction. J. Clin. Psychoanal., 9(4):407-408.

(2000). Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, 9(4):407-408

Editors' Introduction

Herbert M. Wyman, M.D. and Stephen M. Rittenberg, M.D.

We are glad to publish an issue of the Journal devoted entirely to the presentation and discussion of clinical psychoanalytic case studies. This is in keeping with our stated goal of meeting a universally felt need for greater access to clinical data.

We have another goal, not explicitly stated, but equally important: to provide students of psychoanalysis, present and future, with vivid samples of psychoanalytic technique as it is taught and practiced by the foremost clinicians of our time. All too often in the past, because of the difficulties inherent in the publication of clinical data, the clinical work of our leading analysts has been hidden from us, leading to a lopsided picture of their contributions to analysis. A prime example of this is Heinz Hartmann, who many remember only as a complex theoretician of ego psychology, but who in his time was also known to his colleagues as a superb clinician. Because of his clinical skills, Hartmann was chosen as the first Director of the Treatment Center at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Similarly, Otto Isakower's exceptional clinical acumen is preserved not in the literature but in the memory of his colleagues and students.

The clinical excellence of Dr. Manuel Furer is known far and wide by his students and colleagues, but has also been underrepresented in the literature. We are pleased to remedy this situation, at least in part, by offering in this issue a fine sample of Dr. Furer at work. We are doubly pleased because Dr. Furer's contributions occurred at a Symposium organized for the very purpose of honoring his work in psychoanalytic technique.

The first section of this issue is devoted to the Furer Symposium, which is made up of two case presentations and their discussions by Dr. Furer and a distinguished panel that includes Drs. Judith Chused, Jay Greenberg, Helen Myers, and Shelley Orgel. Also included is a transcript of the open floor discussions that followed the formal presentations.

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