Volume 24 of The Annual opens with a memorial tribute to the late Merton M. Gill (1914-1994), a major voice in American psychoanalysis for half a century. Remembrances of Gill by Robert Holt, Robert Wallerstein, Philip Holzman, and Irwin Hoffman are followed by thoughtful appreciations of Gill's final book, Psychoanalysis in Transition: A Personal View (Analytic Press, 1994), by John Gedo, Jerome Oremland, Arnold Richards and Arthur Lynch, Joseph Schachter, and Bhaskar Sripada and Shara Kronmal.
Section II offers four papers from a major conference on "Mind/Brain" held in Osaka, Japan. In addition to publishing two clinical papers by the Chicago analyst John Gedo, The Annual introduces readers to two prominent Japanese neuroscientists whose work is relevant to psychoanalysis. Hiroshi Utena links brain development to the individual's freedom to make optimal adaptive choices, whereas Makoto Iwata outlines the modular organization of vision in the brain and then illustrates each modular potential by examining the paintings of four artists: Mondrian, Duchamp, Seurat, and Rothko.
Kenneth Newman's sensitive consideration of analyst self-discourse as the outcome of successful management of the countertransference and Frank Summers' astute assessment of the place of self psychology in the history of psychoanalytic ideas are followed by three engaging and instructive studies in applied analysis: Elaine Caruth and Milton Eber's examination of Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo as a metaphoric depiction of the blurring of boundaries in psychotherapy; Frank and Annette Lachmann's study of the creative process of Henrik Ibsen as a self-transformational response to narcissistic injury; and W. W. Meissner's exploration of the role of shame in Vincent van Gogh's life and art. The volume concludes with a provocative contribution to psychoanalytic history: J. Bos's social-constructivist rereading of the Minutes of the Vienna Psycho-Analytic Society with an eye to illuminating why and how psychoanalysis changed during its early years.
True to its distinguished lineage, volume 24 of The Annual continues to broaden the conceptual, clinical, and historical vistas of its readers. Moreover, with its revealing reminiscences and substantive appraisals of Merton Gill, this volume becomes a fascinating marker in the very psychoanalytic history it helps recount.
I. Merton Gill, 1914-1994
Merton Gill: A Sketch of His Life and Some Reminiscences - Robert R. Holt
Merton Max Gill, M.D.- Robert Wallerstein
Merton Gill: Teacher, Scholar, Friend - Philip S. Holzma
n Generativity and Integrity in the Final Decades - Irwin Z. Hoffman
2. Psychoanalysis in Transition: A Personal View - Tribute to a Serious Man - John E. Gedo
Psychoanalysis in Transition: My View - Jerome D. Oremland
Merton Gill: A View of His Place in the "Freudian" Firmament - Arnold Richards and Arthur Lynch
Psychoanalysis in Transition by Merton Gill: An Appreciation - Joseph Schachter Merton Gill and the Genesis of a New Psychoanalytic Paradigm - Bhaskar Sripada and Shara L. Kronmal
Publications of Merton M. Gill, M.D.
II. Mind/Brain in Japan
Epigenesis, Regression, and the Problem of Consciousness - John E. Gedo
Creativity: The Burdens of Talent - John E. Gedo
Creativity in Modern Painting and the Cerebral Mechanism of Vision - Makoto Iwata
Loss of Freedom in Mental Disorders: A Biopsychosocial Conception - Hiroshi Utena
III. Clinical and Theoretical Papers
Disclosure, Countertransference, and the Promotion of Usability - Kenneth Newman
Self Psychology and Its Place Among Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theories -Frank Summers
IV. Applied Psychoanalysis
Blurred Boundaries in the Therapeutic Encounter: Some Cinematic Metaphors - Elaine Caruth and Milton Ebre
Ibsen: Criticism, Creativity, and Self-State Transformations - Frank M. Lachmann and Annette Lachmann
The Shame Dynamic in Vincent Van Gogh - W. W. Meissner
V. Psychoanalytic History
Rereading the Minutes - J. Bos