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Centre for Integrated Health Care Research

Past Events

Who is Afraid of Michael Balint? Medical Humanities and the question of psychoanalysis

22nd February 2012, 17:15 to 19:00, The Williams Library, St. Chad's Chapel, Dr. Monica Greco

Michael Balint and the Balint method are often invoked in the writings of medical humanities scholars as historical precedents and a source of inspiration.  There has been, however, little systematic engagement with Balint's texts and with the psychoanalytic premises of his work.  This reflects a more general situation in the field, where discussion of the medical relevance of psychoanalysis is conspicuous by its absence, despite a number of recent contributions.  Taking Balint as a point of departure, this talk will look at the ambivalent relationship between medical humanities and psychoanalysis. Without adopting a psychoanalytic approach, I will propose that the question of the medical relevance of psychoanalysis can be a source of specific anxiety in so far as it points (too) directly to a critique of the medical scientific model.

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