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(1983). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLIII, 1979: An Episode in the Relationship between Freud and the Psychiatry of His Time, as Seen in His Correspondence with Jung. Madeleine Vermorel and Henri Vermorel. Pp. 321-334.. Psychoanal Q., 52:489-490.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLIII, 1979: An Episode in the Relationship between Freud and the Psychiatry of His Time, as Seen in His Correspondence with Jung. Madeleine Vermorel and Henri Vermorel. Pp. 321-334.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:489-490

Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLIII, 1979: An Episode in the Relationship between Freud and the Psychiatry of His Time, as Seen in His Correspondence with Jung. Madeleine Vermorel and Henri Vermorel. Pp. 321-334.

Freud was in contact with psychiatrists in the course of his work, even though he was not himself a psychiatrist. The correspondence with Jung gives us some information on the history of this relationship to psychiatry. Unfortunately, the correspondence with Bleuler is still kept from publication, but we can follow some of the history. Bleuler, though a frequent critic of Freud, defended psychoanalytic concepts when speaking with other psychiatrists. With the publication of the Schreber case, the divergences between Jung, Bleuler, and Freud became

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apparent, especially on the concept of psychosis. A rupture was inevitable, but not without constructive results. We may consider Freud's paper on narcissism a response to Jung's Transformations and Symbolisms of the Libido. Psychiatry has changed in many ways, but we can now see that the real problem is the question of the methodology appropriate to each field. Psychoanalytic concepts apply to psychoanalytic therapy and are not transposable elsewhere. Psychiatry is a pluridimensional field, with biological, cultural, and social aspects, and it is a part of medicine. It is still mutually beneficial for psychoanalyst and psychiatrist to work together in psychiatric settings, even though their approaches may be contradictory.

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Article Citation

(1983). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLIII, 1979. Psychoanal. Q., 52:489-490

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