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Thomä, H. Kächele, H. (1992). Psychoanalytic Practice: 2 - Clinical Studies. Berlin Heidelberg New York Paris London Tokyo.

Thomä, H. and Kächele, H. (1992). Psychoanalytic Practice. , 1-518. Berlin Heidelberg New York Paris London Tokyo.

Psychoanalytic Practice: 2 - Clinical Studies

Helmut Thomä and Horst Kächele

In Collaboration with:
Stephen Ahrens, Amdreas Bilger, Manfred Cierpka, Walter Goudsmit, Roderich Hohage, Michael Hölzer, Juan Pablo Jiméenez, Lotte Köhler, Robert Marten, Joachim Scharfenberg, Rainer Schors, Wolfgang Steffens, Imre Szecsödy, Brigitte Thomä, Angelika Wenzel

Translated by:
Michael Wilson


We are pleased to present the second volume of our study on Psychoanalytic Practice, which we entitle Clinical Studies. Together, the two volumes fulfill the functions usually expected of a textbook on theory and technique. In fact, some reviewers have asked why such a title was not chosen. One of the reasons for our narrower choice was that our primary concern is focused on those aspects of psychoanalytic theory that are relevant to treatment.

The first volume, entitled Principles, has evoked much interest within and outside the professional community, creating high expectations toward its clinical counterpart. After all, psychoanalytic principles must demonstrate their value and efficacy in treatment, i.e., in achieving changes in symptoms and their underlying structures. This is apparent in the clinical studies contained in this book, and in the process of compiling them the senior author has had the opportunity to take stock of his long professional career.

We have willingly let others closely examine how we work, and one consequence of this has been a growing exchange with other psychoanalysts and with scientists from other disciplines and from numerous countries. This cooperation has enriched the contents of this volume. Although not mentioned specifically in the text, both our collaborators from Ulm and our colleagues from other locations have provided drafts of passages and left it to our discretion to use them as we saw fit. Although it would theoretically have been possible to attribute authorship to those who drafted specific sections, our coworkers have agreed to references to their names being omitted in the text as part of our efforts to prepare a uniform and coherent volume.

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