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Skolnikoff, A.Z. (1993). The Goals of Psychoanalysis: By Leon Grinberg. London: Karnac, 1990, 401 pp., £18.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 41:874-878.

(1993). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 41:874-878

The Goals of Psychoanalysis: By Leon Grinberg. London: Karnac, 1990, 401 pp., £18.

Review by:
Alan Z. Skolnikoff, M.D.

Leon Grinberg, former Vice President of the International Psychoanalytical Association and currently a training analyst in Madrid, emigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the 1970's. It is timely that his work be compiled and translated in this volume shortly before the first International Psycho-analytical Congress in Latin America, in Buenos Aires. This is a time of tremendous increase in interest in psychoanalysis in Latin America.

This book contains a selection of essays written by the author over the past 30 years. Many of the chapters are translated from Spanish for the first time. The author suggests that the purpose for assembling these articles is to compare his ideas with English-speaking colleagues. In the spirit of Wallerstein's (1990), "Psychoanalysis: the Common Ground," we have the opportunity to be introduced to one of the major thinkers in Latin American psychoanalysis.

Outside of an intellectual interest, why should the reader undertake to explore the work of this author who writes in another "psychoanalytic language"? To me, reading in another framework, just as traveling in another country, permits one to better understand one's own ideas and preconceptions.

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