The behavioral sciences including psychology and psychiatry have benefited enormously from the development of psychoanalysis. American psychiatry as a result is essentially dynamic or "psychoanalytically oriented." Most, if not all, current residents undergoing psychiatric training are thoroughly grounded in psychoanalytic theory and its applications to psychiatric diagnosis and therapy. Many of these residents are also undergoing psychoanalytic training at the same time or aspire to do so later. Therefore, what happens in the psychoanalytic field, in its official societies and the pronouncements of its spokesmen, is of great significance to psychiatry and psychiatrists.
A letter which warrants serious consideration has just been published by Dr. Maxwell Gitelson, President of the International Psycho-Analytical Association, in its Journal (43:3, 1962). The following statements are extracted from his letter so that the readers of this article may know about what we write.
1. He decries the galaxy of diluted and