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Kasanin, J. (1943). The Furtherance of Medical Research: By Alan Gregg, M.D. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1941. 130 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 12:430-432.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:430-432

The Furtherance of Medical Research: By Alan Gregg, M.D. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1941. 130 pp.

Review by:
J. Kasanin

From the intimate knowledge of men and women the physician, especially the psychoanalyst, develops a great deal of tolerance for human beings. His ideas about people take on a more 'realistic' tone and he is only too aware of the weaknesses of human nature. But even the psychoanalyst retains his private illusion, and that is research. He wishes sincerely and deeply that all of medicine would be more of a science and less of an art, and especially so, psychoanalysis. The modern, well-trained psychoanalyst is ambitious to make psychiatry and psychoanalysis respectable by applying to them the scientific method, the experimental techniques, etc. One must remember that it is the younger psychoanalysts who attempted to coördinate the psychoanalytic method with internal medicine through psychosomatic medicine. For such a group, Gregg's monograph provides special interest.

It is difficult to judge this monograph on its merits since it is both an appeal for research as well as a review of research as a practice.

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