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  • Welcome to Issue 38 of The Letter, Irish Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis.


    Excerpt from the Editorial:


    "In a footnote to the opening page of his three volume biography Ernest Jones tells us of the error in the registration of the date of Sigmund Freud’s birth – March where May should be. The biographer lets us share his enjoyment of this auspicious start to the marking of Freud’s life given the attention his subject would pay to the slips and other transient and all too easily dismissed formations of our mental lives – our dreams, jokes and forgettings. This attention, of course, yielded to Freud the insight into our thought processes (the greater part of which he thereby discovered to be unconscious) which radically and effectively re-orientated clinical work in the field of the mental.


    Freud 150 was a day of papers and discussion held on 12th May 2006 in the Education and Research Centre, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, to mark the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud. It was an occasion to attend to Freud. The high level of interest shown as well as the considerable turn out on the day from non- analytic quarters strongly suggests that there are those in the field of mental health work, and elsewhere, who are, in fact, very open to hearing something from psychoanalysis in order for it to inform their work and its interrogation.1


    On the day Professor Kevin Malone of the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research in St. Vincent’s provided opening remarks in which he re-iterated his support for psychoanalytic work and the training informed by it as well as indicating its crucial contribution to mental health work in Ireland."


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    Issue 38 - Autumn 2006

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