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Rodgers, T.C. (1994). The Clinical Theories of John Gedo: A Synopsis. Psychoanal. Inq., 14(2):235-242.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 14(2):235-242

The Clinical Theories of John Gedo: A Synopsis

Terry C. Rodgers, M.D.

When a model ceases to illumine … or even to fit the case, and when … you're spending more time tinkering with the model … than taking a good hard look at the happening, it's time to look for another model.

Walker Percy, The Message in the Bottle

I have been asked by the editors of this issue to provide a synopsis of the major works of John Gedo, highlighting his clinical utilization of multiple models of the mind together with the conceptual basis for such models.

This synopsis is loosely organized around conceptual themes and the chronological order of their elaboration. A prefatory note, however, is in order. In all his writings, Gedo has gone to great lengths to summarize and integrate his previously expressed concepts with subsequent modifications. The attentive reader will notice that this summary contains passages that are virtually quotes from Gedo's own writings. Since I make no claims to conceptual originality, and to avoid the unsightliness of excessive quotation marks, such passages may go undemarcated.

By any criterion, Models of the Mind (Gedo and Goldberg, 1973), can be viewed as the cornerstone of Gedo's conceptual schemata. This important work begins with a review of the theories and models of the mind then in current use.

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