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Holzman, P.S. (1985). Psychoanalysis: Is the Therapy Destroying the Science. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 33:725-770.

(1985). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 33:725-770

Psychoanalysis: Is the Therapy Destroying the Science Related Papers

Philip S. Holzman, Ph.D.

MANY READERS WILL RECOGNIZE THAT THE TITLE of this paper comes from a passage in The Question of Lay Analysis. Freud (1926) wrote that monograph on the occasion of defending Theodore Reik, a nonmedical analyst then practicing in Vienna, against a charge of quackery. There Freud vigorously championed his own view that psychoanalysis was not a medical discipline, although its origins lay in neurology. In the postscript to the monograph, written in 1927, he argued that origin is not a criterion for judging the current status of a discipline. The theory of electricity, he observed, had its beginnings in observations of nerve-muscle preparations, yet it would be absurd today to regard it as a part of physiology. And, further, although radiology has a medical application, it is surely part of physics.


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