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One Comment on “Editorial and Costumer Reviews of Facing Cancer and the Fear of Death: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Treatment by Norman Straker”
Norman Straker,M.D.,has edited and richly contributed to an important volume on the psychoanalytic understanding and treatment of patients facing death and dying with emphasis on cancer.,Their Death Anxiety, and that of those who treat them, is the starting point of this seminal study.
Dr. Straker is a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst who brings over 35 years of experience working with cancer patients and doctors at the famed Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.What makes this book exceptional is its highly readable quality which will make it of interest to the layman as well as professionals of all kinds who deal with cancer patients.
The book will help professionals deal with cancer as a human challenge and dilemma requiring a humanistic response.The care giver must understand the limits of scientific medicine.In addition, he or she will need support to confront their own Death An
Dr.Straker makes the case for a particular psychoanalytic understanding of the patient to help him or her on their journey at the end of life. He decries a rigid doctrinaire treatment that is not focused on the needs of the patient and the human interaction. In this way he follows in the tradition of Leo Stone and is also consistent with the development of psychoanalysis as it has been influenced by object relations and inter-subjective theories.
Lowell Rubin, M.D. Providence, RI
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