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Koch, A. (1949). Notes. Psychoanal Q., 18:544.

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(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:544


Adelheid Koch

The São Paulo Psychoanalytic Society, which was founded and provisionally recognized by Dr. Ernest Jones in December 1943, has this year been legally registered and is now called the BRAZILIAN PSYCHOANALYTIC SOCIETY.

The work of training in this society continues in the charge of Dr. Adelheid Koch, a former member of the German Psychoanalytic Society, who came to Brazil in 1936. She has had the efficient help and support from the beginning of Dr. Durval Marcondes, a Brazilian psychiatrist who had for many years been interested in psychoanalysis, and who had worked arduously to call the attention of medical circles to the importance of psychoanalysis.

After the first natural difficulties were overcome, this society developed steadily. It has now nine members and there are at present six candidates in training. For the time being, the whole training work as well as the supervision and lecturing lies in the hands of Dr. Koch; but as there are many applications, the group is seeking one or two more training analysts.

In addition to their work as practicing analysts, Dr. Marcondes and Virginia Bicudo give lectures in psychoanalysis at the Escola Livre de Sociologia, and three members of the Society belong to the staff of the Departamento da Higene Mental Escolar, headed by Dr. Marcondes, where problem children are treated on psychoanalytic principles. Recently psychiatrists and many of the internists of São Paulo have become highly interested in psychoanalysis and refer many patients for treatment. All the members of the group are overcharged with work. The group is limiting its activity to the State of São Paulo. Another group is being founded in Rio de Janeiro, where Dr. Mark Burke from London and Dr. Werner Kemper from Berlin instituted psychoanalytic training following their arrivals in 1948 and 1949.

The Zürich Congress of 1949 gave provisional recognition to the São Paulo Society. It is hoped that the next Congress will give complete recognition to this Society and to the Society in Rio de Janeiro.

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