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Firestein, S.K. (1970). Dual Therapy and Genetic Psychoanalysis: By Joachim Flescher, M.D. New York: D. T. R. B. Editions, 1966. 560 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 39:477-480.

(1970). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 39:477-480

Dual Therapy and Genetic Psychoanalysis: By Joachim Flescher, M.D. New York: D. T. R. B. Editions, 1966. 560 pp.

Review by:
Stephen K. Firestein

This lengthy exposition by Dr. Flescher presents the products of a great deal of thought and effort on his part and that of his colleagues to develop a particular therapeutic innovation, 'dual therapy'. This technique, as its name suggests, employs two analysts of opposite sex who meet with the patient for alternate sessions of the same course of treatment. The work upon which the book is focused required a span of almost fifteen years, carried forth largely under the auspices of the Dual Therapy Research Bureau, of which Dr. Flescher is a leader.

Following the definition of dual therapy, the author sets forth the theoretical considerations which antedated his first practical trials. He then sketches the scope of indications for this mode of treatment, and offers clinical samples of varying length to illustrate the flavor of such courses of therapy.

Impressed during his earlier work with the fact that transference manifestations do not originate from experiences with one parent only, and that what is observed of transference in the treatment situation is colored not only by infantile experiences, but also by the format of the treatment situation, Dr.

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