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Ferenczi, S. (1927). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, May 1, 1927. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 307-309.

Ferenczi, S. (1927). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, May 1, 1927. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 307-309

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Sándor Ferenczi

[Rundbrief]1
New York, May 1, 1927

Dear friends,

Unfortunately, I can't find the copy of my last Rundbrief, so that in this—probably concluding—report, I will perhaps repeat some things that I have already said.—The lecture that I gave to the students of the psychiatric clinic of Columbia University seems to have had an enlightening effect. Dr. Salmon, the professor, was appreciative; unfortunately, his goodwill is limited to flirting with ψ α”Can't we be good relatives, do we absolutely have to be brothers?” he asked me. I replied to him that in science such diffuse relationships don't count; one is either a brother or an enemy. One does not allow oneself to get into compromises.—Another lecture, which a very closed circle of leading psychiatrists invited me to give, was interesting. Professor Adolf Meyer from Baltimore was the main discussant. But since I anticipated his arguments, which were to be expected, his remarks granted agreement halfway, rather reluctantly. An excursion to Philadelphia (at the invitation of the Academy of Medicine there) was very successful; a large circle of physicians, up to now scared away and disdainful, behaved amicably and full of understanding. Perhaps I already said that I turned down the invitation of Dr. H. Adler (Chicago)2 to come there; his program was to present to me difficult cases of “problem children”;3 naturally, it contradicts the spirit of ψ α to want to produce quick “lightning diagnoses” and “lightning treatments.

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