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Some Remarks on William Fried's Presentation

The Letter, Issue 10, Summer 1997, Pages 26 - 39


SOME REMARKS ON WILLIAM FRIED'S PRESENTATION: 'AN OVERTURE AND ITS VICISSITUDES: THERAPY, ANALYSIS ...?'


Andre Michels


The case presented raises many questions. I should like to raise only a few of these here.

To begin with, the context is not without significance. William Fried has supplied us with some very important information that allows us to advance a couple of hypotheses about this.

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You returned from your holidays and were somewhat anxious 'about the gaps that had lately appeared in [your] private practice schedule' and you asked yourself 'whether and when [your] next referral would come'.

For this reason, you were very happy to receive a call from a former patient and your 'wishful thought was that he was calling now to resume treatment'. When it turned out that he wanted to introduce a new patient to you, at first you were happy about this but you had a few doubts and scruples as to whether you should be accepting him at all from an ex- patient, especially since the latter wanted to visit and eventually to resume treatment.

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