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Jelliffe, S.E. (1919). Contributions to Psychotherapeutic Technic through Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Rev., 6(1):1-14.

(1919). Psychoanalytic Review, 6(1):1-14

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Contributions to Psychotherapeutic Technic through Psychoanalysis

Smith Ely Jelliffe, M.D.

Formulation of medical creeds is in an ever-changing flux. We nave more or less solidified our beliefs concerning the circulation of the blood, for instance, and those relative to many data of anatomy and of physiology which not long ago were still fluid. The present is largely an age of analysis of these things and their practical bearing. Effort and attention are centered upon the technic by which the health and efficiency which these data represent may be better guarded or secured.

One of the most striking phenomena of the present time is the great advance being made in surgical technic while human bodies in enormous numbers are subjected to every form and diversity of injury which human deviltry can devise. Every department of medicine is turning itself inside out in the same way to the keenest testing and finest application to the multitude of details involved in the life and health of the enormous armies of the world. No less is this true in the various fields which have been intensively entered by medical science for maintaining and improving health conditions in civil populations and for conquering illness by prevention.

Psychopathology and psychotherapy lie no whit behind these other branches in importance and in the demand they make upon our attention.

Yet here there has been marked lagging in well-defined knowledge.

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