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Knight, R.P. (1950). Practical and Theoretical Aspects of Psychoanalysis: By Lawrence S. Kubie, M.D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1950. 252 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 19:580-583.

(1950). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 19:580-583

Practical and Theoretical Aspects of Psychoanalysis: By Lawrence S. Kubie, M.D. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1950. 252 pp.

Review by:
Robert P. Knight

In 1936 Kubie stood athwart the battlements of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, to whose future he dedicated his Handbook for Prospective Patients and Their Advisors, and fired righteous and angry salvos at charlatans, pseudo analysts, irresponsible and inadequately trained analysts, wandering analysts, analysts whose fees exceeded their patients' financial resources, and analysts who scheduled fewer than five hours a week per patient. In the laconic foreword he announced a 'fighting book' and declared that his attempt to clarify the meaning of psychoanalysis for the laity had as one of its purposes the extermination of quackery in psychoanalysis. Although this handbook provided the best concise exposition then available of the practical problems associated with being analyzed, and was priced at only two dollars, its sale suffered either from an uninterested public or insufficient promotion, or both, and it went through only one printing.

The present volume has an expanded title ('and Theoretical' being added to 'Practical') and is for practical (and theoretical) purposes a new book rather than a revision of the 1936 'handbook'. It has a larger format, many new sections, an extensive up-to-date revision and rearrangement of the old sections, and well over twice as many words.

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