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Blumenfield, M. (2018). Evolution of a Medical Psychoanalyst: Reflections and Selected Papers, by Myron L. Glucksman, M.D., CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, North Charleston, SC, 2018, 408 pp.. Psychodyn. Psych., 46(4):606-608.

(2018). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 46(4):606-608

Evolution of a Medical Psychoanalyst: Reflections and Selected Papers, by Myron L. Glucksman, M.D., CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, North Charleston, SC, 2018, 408 pp.

Review by:
Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

I have known Myron Glucksman as a colleague, outstanding clinician, and a friend for many years. I knew about his research in obesity, and in recent years, I have read some of his writings about dreams. However, I never appreciated the scope and the depth of his body of work. Therefore, I jumped at the opportunity to review this book and I was not disappointed.

Over the years, I have taught students and residents about the importance of considering hypothyroidism as an etiology of psychosis and depression, but until I read this book, I never knew that Glucksman as a psychiatric resident in the 1960s may have written the first report of the use of thyroid hormone to treat “Myxedema Psychosis.” In subsequent years, Glucksman teamed up with experts in obesity such as Dr. Jules Hirsch from the Rockefeller University as well as world-renowned expert on obesity, Dr. Albert Stunkard, in order to study obesity. Relatively early in his career, Glucksman brought his evolving psychodynamic and psychoanalytic insight to the studies of this major health issue. He originally directed research to focus on the perception of body size before, during, and after weight loss.

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