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Grinker, R.R., Sr. (1975). Reminiscences of Dr. Roy Grinker. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 3(2):211-221.

(1975). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 3(2):211-221

Reminiscences of Dr. Roy Grinker

Roy R. Grinker, Sr.

I was studying neurology in 1924 in von Monakow's laboratory in Zurich with two other men who, like me, were destined to become assistants to neurologists. We sat and we looked at slides and drew diagrams, endlessly it seemed to me. George Daniels was one who liked to ski, so he could escape. David Levy was being analyzed by Oberholzer who gave him the Rohrschach test to bring to this country. He did his first Rohrschach on me which scared the hell out of me cause I thought he would discover that I was a schizophrenic. And he talked openly about his dreams which excited me a greal deal. All three of us used to attend Eugene Bleuler's clinics at Burgholzli. But because I was so excited about David Levy's experiences, I wrote to my father that I wanted to be analyzed, and as many of you might have read, he wrote back that he had received my communication but I can only say briefly and to the point that if you have no better way to spend my money, come home at once. So that ended that.

Now, only in 1961 did I learn something about my father which I wrote in a paper called “A Psychoanalytic Historical Island in Chicago, 1911-1912.” Jones was speaking there before a very hostile audience. In the discussion, my father said, The physician who does not practice psychoanalysis in the broadest sense is not competent to treat nervous cases. The man who either has had no experience with the method or else is too indolent to learn it, is a very poor critic indeed and had better learn something about it.

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