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Bullard, D.M. (1939). The Application of Psychoanalytic Psychiatry to the Psychoses. Psychoanal. Rev., 26(4):526-534.

(1939). Psychoanalytic Review, 26(4):526-534

The Application of Psychoanalytic Psychiatry to the Psychoses

Dexter M. Bullard, M.D.

Psychoanalysis as a form of psychiatric treatment, is thought by many non-analytically minded psychiatrists and unfortunately by many analysts as well, to be useful as a therapeutic measure only in the treatment of the neuroses. That this is not the case has been demonstrated in those hospitals which have treated psychotic patients by a modified technique derived from knowledge obtained psychoanalytically from the non-psychotics. Treatment is effective both in regard to contacts of psychotherapist and the psychotic patient, and in the application of psychoanalytic principles to general nursing care, choice of occupational and recreational activities, hydrotherapy and other problems usually considered only from an administrative viewpoint. The intent of this paper is to contrast psychoanalytic psychiatry with non-psychoanalytic psychiatry and to indicate the applicability of psychoanalytic concepts to the specific treatment and general care of the psychotic individual.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Rayley in his Presidential Address before the British Association for the Advancement of Science discussed vision in nature and vision aided by science. Although addressed, primarily to physicists and those interested in the science of optics, his paper presents a point of view that may be of some value to the practicing psychiatrist because of an interesting comparison that can be made between the science of optics and that of psychiatry.

Lord Rayley discusses three ranges of vision. First, that with the naked eye, second, vision aided by the use of the microscope and telescope. With these some experience and training is required in order to interpret what is seen through the lens.

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