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Rubin, S. (1970). Developments in Psychoanalysis at Columbia University (Proceedings of the Twentieth Anniversary Conference, Psychoanalytic Clinic for Training and Research, Columbia University, October 30, 1965): Edited by George S. Goldman, M.D., and Daniel Shapiro, M.D. New York: Hafner Publishing Co., 1966. 357 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 39:125-128.

(1970). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 39:125-128

Developments in Psychoanalysis at Columbia University (Proceedings of the Twentieth Anniversary Conference, Psychoanalytic Clinic for Training and Research, Columbia University, October 30, 1965): Edited by George S. Goldman, M.D., and Daniel Shapiro, M.D. New York: Hafner Publishing Co., 1966. 357 pp.

Review by:
Sidney Rubin

Rarely do we have an opportunity to observe a distinguished living institution stopped in its development mid-flight and thus made available to leisurely and careful inspection. Such an opportunity is provided us by this volume which commemorates the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Clinic for Training and Research.

The editors' introduction states that the individual papers reflect 'current work and concepts at the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Clinic… All papers are presented by staff members who are themselves graduates (or products) of the Clinic … [to] show the trends in the evolution of the clinic's theoretical, clinical, and research orientations, including the maintenance or change of position taken in the early history of the Clinic.' The discussants represent members of the national psychoanalytic community.

The special opportunity to enjoy the 'stop action' view of the Clinic provided by the present volume is enriched by the fortunate circumstance that we can compare it with a similar volume published ten years previously in 1956 to celebrate the Decentennial of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Clinic. There are significant similarities between the two volumes, but the differences are especially noteworthy. The 1966 volume is described as a 'second generation' volume. This is underscored by the fact that bibliographical references to the 'pioneers' are surprisingly sparse.

More interesting to note, however, is the shift in the evaluation of Adaptational Psychodynamics, the formulation presented by Rado as 'the basic component of a comprehensive dynamics of human behavior'.

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