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Sax, A. (2000). Introduction to the Symposium. J. Clin. Psychoanal., 9(4):411-413.
    

(2000). Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, 9(4):411-413

Introduction to the Symposium

Dr. Albert Sax, M.D.

The format of this discussion will be case presentations. The moderator will be Dr. Carl Kleban, a faculty member of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University Medical School. Dr. Kleban organized this Symposium as Chairman of our Extension Division.

The first case will be presented by Dr. Susan Epstein, the second by Dr. Peter Dunn. The panelists are Dr. Judith Chused, Dr. Jay Greenberg, Dr. Helen Myers, and Dr. Shelley Orgel.

I should like first to discuss Manny Furer's theoretical and clinical contributions, and what he has meant to the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Manny's interest in child development led him first to work with the legendary child psychiatrist Loretta Bender at Bellevue Hospital, New York City, then, importantly, with Dr. Margaret Mahler. Manny Furer was a significant participant in and contributor to Mahler's studies of early childhood. His early papers were on childhood psychosis, superego development, and the separation-individuation phase. It may not be generally known, but it was Manny Furer who coined the phrase “emotional refueling” to describe the toddler's behavior in returning to the mother for the renewed strength that fosters further development. So, too, Manny in his innovations and contributions has always returned to the fundamental principles of classical psychoanalytic theory, whence comes the rigor and strength of his thinking.

It may also not be generally realized, but Manny was a candidate at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute while already contributing to Mahler's work. He graduated from the Adult Program in four years, and from the Child Program a couple of years later. Shortly

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