First published in 1957 Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy summarizes and evaluates the trends in this field in the 1950s. By 1950s important changes have taken place as a result of growing acceptance of psychoanalysis by the medical community. More and more we realize the great possibilities of applying the knowledge gained from psychoanalysis to psychotherapy. What is called ‘dynamically oriented psychotherapy’ with its less complete and less intensive treatment can greatly benefit large group of patients.

Dr Alexander illuminates interesting points of theory, discusses controversial issues, and offers views- his own and those of others- on questions of psychiatric training both in psychoanalytic institutes and in medical schools. This comprehensive book is a must read for everyone concerned with the urgent problem of mental health.

Preface Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Psychoanalysis in Western Culture 2. Development of the Theory of Psychoanalytic Treatment 3. Some Earlier Modifications of Technique 4. Later Developments in Theory and Technique 5. Two Forms of Regression and Their Therapeutic Implications 6. Technical Problems Concerning the Regressive Evasion of Pathogenic Conflicts 7. Some Controversial Issues 8. Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy 9. Teaching of Psychoanalysis 10. Opinions of Contemporary Teachers in Psychiatry 11. Discussion of Prevailing Practices and Views 12. Summary and Future Outlook Bibliography Index