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Wyman, H.M. (1989). Hartmann, Health, and Homosexuality: Some Clinical Aspects of "Ego Psychology and the Problem of Adaptation". Psychoanal Q., 58:612-639.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 58:612-639

Hartmann, Health, and Homosexuality: Some Clinical Aspects of "Ego Psychology and the Problem of Adaptation"

Herbert M. Wyman, M.D.

ABSTRACT

Hartmann's theories have experienced a remarkable rise and fall in popularity over the past fifty years. In this paper, an effort is made to arrive at a balanced view. The genetic and economic aspects of Hartmann's ego psychology are found to be problematic, but the dynamic aspect led to a sophisticated psychoanalytic concept of health as yet unsurpassed. Hartmann always called for the clinical application of his ideas. In this spirit, a vignette is offered from a clinical area in which questions of "health" and "illness" are particularly vexing at present.

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