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Flax, J. (1994). Final Analysis? Psychoanalysis in the Postmodern West. Ann. Psychoanal., 22:1-20.

(1994). Annual of Psychoanalysis, 22:1-20

Final Analysis? Psychoanalysis in the Postmodern West

Jane Flax

If—which may sound fantastic today—one had to found a college of psychoanalysis, much would have to be taught in it which is also taught by the medical faculty: along-side of depth-psychology, which would always remain the principal subject, there would be an introduction to biology, as much as possible of the science of sexual life, and familiarity with the symptomatology of psychiatry. On the other hand, analytic instruction would include branches of knowledge which are remote from medicine and which the doctor does not come across in his practice: the history of civilization, mythology, the psychology of religion and the science of literature. Unless he is well at home in these subjects, an analyst can make nothing of a large amount of his material. By way of compensation, the great mass of what is taught in medical schools is of no use to him for his purposes [Freud, 1927, pp. 93–94].

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