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"The editors have assembled a highly relevant and timely examination of the purgatorio where psychoanalytic psychotherapy and managed care meet. Although they focus on psychoanalytic therapy, they clearly believe that psychoanalysis operates as a bellwether for the key issue that has come to plague all humanistic psychotherapists, namely, the pressure for 'quick fix' treatments of diagnostically reified patients, with all its concomitant loss of dignity and privacy. The contributors carefully and even-handedly examine the issues, make a strong case for the contemporary relevance of psychoanalysis, and point out the directions it must move in to maintain that relevance in the future. This illuminating book should be of great interest both to health care professionals and to a lay audience-and not just of patients-who see in our current version of managed care the death knell of a humanistic approach to illness of any kind."
- Edgar Levenson, M.D., Training and Supervising Analyst, William Alanson White Institute
"Psychoanalytically oriented or informed psychotherapy is devoted to the optimization of human functioning, with cost considered only secondarily. Managed care is intent on containing the costs of delivering mental health services, with a return to previous functioning, rather than growth and change, considered an acceptable goal. The contributors to Psychoanalytic Therapy as Health Care examine the many consequences that follow from the collision of these two cultures. Any student of the contemporary health care delivery system will benefit by considering the many issues raised by this provocative and thoughtful volume."
- George Stricker, Ph.D., Distinguished Research Professor, Adelphi University