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Schimel, J.L. (1990). Edward S. Tauber, M.D.. Contemp. Psychoanal., 26:188-189.

(1990). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 26:188-189

Edward S. Tauber, M.D.

John L. Schimel, M.D.

I ENTERED THE WHITE INSTITUTE in the fall of 1946 while still serving as an army neuropsychiatrist stationed in Fort Dix, New Jersey. As a candidate I was assigned to Edward Tauber for analysis. (Candidates were assigned in those days because of the shortage of training psychoanalysts)

I appeared in Ed's office one morning for the beginning of my analysis with him. The onset was turbulent, the analytic experience brief, and the ensuing relationship an ambivalent one. I was put off by Ed's shabby office and his brusk manner. He did not fit my notion of the medical professional. He seemed to shoot unsubstantiated ideas off the top of his head (or of mine). I was convinced that he was Germanic, hardly an admired trait at the time. It was only years later that I learned, to my surprise, that he had been born and raised in this country. His probing questions (the detailed inquiry?) sometimes puzzled, shocked or angered me, particularly when they were prefaced by hypotheses that seemed unwarranted and, indeed, at times, absurd to me. I later thought that I probably needed a pre-analytic experience before a psychoanalytic encounter with Ed Tauber. The G.I. Bill which paid for my psychoanalytic sessions became a bone of contention. I knew that he kept miscalculating the bills (I believe his fee at the time was $10/session) and he didn't accept my clarifications. He seemed to think it was my psychological problem and I thought that he couldn't understand simple arithmetical relations.

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