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Introduction
WithEDITH HARGREAVES, ARTURO VARCHEVKER
Pages 19

The development of psychoanalytic technique, from its beginnings in hypnosis to the present day, has been a history of the struggle to overcome obstacles to the understanding of the human psyche and its disorders, and to develop an effective therapy which would lead to ‘cure’. At every step, alongside and irrevocably linked to new theories about the mind and the origins of mental illness, came new methods of treatment.