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Wexler, H. (1973). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, Vol. V. Edited by Warner Muensterberger and Aaron H. Esman. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1972. 258 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 42:462-464.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 42:462-464

The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, Vol. V. Edited by Warner Muensterberger and Aaron H. Esman. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1972. 258 pp.

Review by:
Henry Wexler

The individual papers that make up the contents of Volume V of the Psychoanalytic Study of Society are grouped under the following headings: Anthropology, Social Pathology and Sociology, Methodology, and Art and Literature.

In the first section M. Masud Khan, in Freud's Provision of the Therapeutic Frame, discusses Jean Pouillon's paper titled Doctor and Patient: Same and/or the Other?. 'Jean Pouillon … defined for us the doctor-patient-illness relationship in its social frame in certain primitive societies … [and] christened this relationship …: The Therapeutic Triangle.' The three apices of this triangle are the 'evil', the patient, and the doctor—and it is the interrelatedness, or lack of it, among these three that constitutes the dynamism of the 'therapeutic triangle'. At the close of his subtle analysis of the theme of this fascinating and intricate study, Khan calls attention to the paper's challenge to psychoanalysis: it sets us 'a task of self-inquiry, without which psychoanalytic research can very easily ossify into a pseudoscientific manipulation of concepts'.

In Effects of Acculturation on the Vicissitudes of the Aggressive Drive Among the Apaches of the Mescalero Indian Reservation by L. Bryce and Ruth M.

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