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(1973). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXXVI, 1972: Ego Impairments and Multiple Drug Abuse. Roy E. Gryler and Phyllis A. Kempner. Pp. 436-450.. Psychoanal Q., 42:478.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXXVI, 1972: Ego Impairments and Multiple Drug Abuse. Roy E. Gryler and Phyllis A. Kempner. Pp. 436-450.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 42:478

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXXVI, 1972: Ego Impairments and Multiple Drug Abuse. Roy E. Gryler and Phyllis A. Kempner. Pp. 436-450.

This is a case history, primarily genetic in its presentation, of a young man who in many ways typifies the user of hard drugs. The authors discuss deficits in ego and superego functioning which they feel are common in this group: defects in object relationships, in impulse and affect control, and in cognition and synthetic abilities. The paper is an interesting, well-written illustration of the defensive use of multiple and shifting drugs. Unfortunately, the opportunity to explore the dynamic origin of such severe psychopathology does not often present itself to analysts.

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(1973). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XXXVI, 1972. Psychoanal. Q., 42:478

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