I Quoting Valenstein and SchrOdinger to the effect that the greatest of life's failures is not to try, Max Stern ambi tiously calls for the reformulation of psychoanalytic theory so as to take into account the progress in biology in general and neurobiology in particular. A clinical psychoanalysis grounded in the best knowledge of the brain offers our field an unsurpassed pathway for growth; for psychoanalysis to ignore such developments, however, is to risk losing status with the public, stagnating as a science, or both. Other specialists, not as psychologically informed as psychoana lysts, would then be free to play increasingly important roles in health care delivery systems. I am, therefore, extremely proud to have been asked to write an introduction to this
volume and hope the reader appreciates the critical timeli ness of the publication of Stern's pioneering attempt to integrate aspects of psychoanalysis and neurobiology.